Sunday, December 29, 2002

Daniel 6:4

"Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him."
Daniel 6:4

I wonder why we try to find fault with one another in the first place... and really, that is what we do.  It isn't like we walk into a room and all of the errors are there glaring at us... it is just as easy to notice the positive as the negative... but we look for it.  We want to find it.  I suppose there are many reasons for it... jealousy, envy, an overdeveloped "competitive edge" ... could even be self-pity: a misplaced desire to make sure that someone is as bad off as we are.  Scary.  And then, if the object of our scrutiny, like Daniel, is free of blemish?  Do we let it go, or do we drag ourselves even farther into fault and make up something bad?  It's frightening how tempting it is to put someone else down, thinking that it will lift us up.  It doesn't... and really, it can't.  Today, let's work on finding the good in other people.... *especially* the ones that we are envious of for whatever reason.  Let's make ourselves better by modeling the good rather than making ourselves *look* better by muddying others.

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