The late cartoonist Charles Schultz was known for many forth profound lessons in his Peanuts comic strip. Here’s one of his more powerful lessons:
“You know what the whole trouble with you is, Charlie Brown?”
Charlie replies, “No, and I don’t want to know! Leave me alone!” And then he walks off disgustedly and frowning.
But Lucy, as usual, has the last word. She yells at him: “The whole trouble with you is you won’t listen to what the whole trouble with you is!”
Lucy suggests here that it benefits us to listen to what the trouble with us is – Even though the truth “about the trouble with us” might hurt. It can be helpful news. Information concerning our shortcomings is vital because sin separates us from God (Isa. 59:1-2). If we will listen to the Scripture we will know “what the trouble with us is.” James declares, “Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves. For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But he that looketh into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing” (Jam. 1:21-25).
Do we really want to know what the trouble with us is? We should!
Think About It!
Have A Great Day!