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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Wrecking Ball

If you've ever been to a carnival, you've probably seen this game.  Bottles or cups are stacked on top of each other like a pyramid.  The player's goal is to throw a ball and knock them all down.  They get three chances. 

Very fun as a carnival game, but, if we are not careful, we may end up playing this game in real life. 

Maybe it's because we are insecure.  We need to pump ourselves up and make ourselves feel better about who we are.  Maybe we just think it's funny and it gives us the attention from others we've been craving.

Whatever the reason, we find ourselves being a human wrecking ball.

We see the 'pyramids' that others are building around us as targets.  Instead of finding ways to encourage and hold up, we look around for the nearest 'ball' that we can throw at it.

Ball #1:   Our Words.  We demean the work of others' hands.  We criticize.

Ball #2:  Our Response.  We counteract just for the sake of counteracting-- not for any benefit.

Ball #3:  Our UNresponsiveness.  The child that needs her father to say 'good job' and he won't.  The wife that feels emotionally abandoned because her husband refuses to give of himself.  Refusal to love and refusal to build is equal to tearing down.

We either build or tear down.  Which one will you choose today?

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