My Sweet Rib has only two eyes – a right one and the other one yet she has multiple pairs of reading glasses. She has enough reading glasses to open a CVS just down the street from our local CVS. CVS seems to have a reading glasses spinner rack every few aisles which is astounding since we live in a fairly young neighborhood. Who and why are people losing their visions? Too much television? Too much staring at their computers and hand-helds? It’s a mystery to The Purging Lutheran. My eyesight has gone all caddywumpus over many years. I suffer from several ‘floaters’ in my eyes, them little fellers which zoom back and forth when I looky here or looky there. Some are shaped like warbly circles while others resemble twisted paperclips. Ah, the wonders of strings of proteins and bits of eyeball debris floating suspended in my vitreus (that’s a scientific word).
Anyhoo, MSR now owns a pair of prescription reading glasses to get her over the hump of squinting or holding her head at awkward angles just to read a simple postcard. She’s a winner! And so are her eyes!
A Simple Guide for Behavior
1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
6 “Don’t be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don’t reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you’re only being cute and inviting sacrilege.
7-11 “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?
12 “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.