I posted this picture Sunday because – yeah – there are days that I think punching or karate chopping someone in the throat would be therapeutic. Mortal Combat fatality. Finish them. Make them ssshhh..done. I win.
In no particular order, the following is a list of people I would like to karate chop in the throat. Or punch.
Kim Jong-un (North Korean Leader)
People who eat off my plate.
The Kardashians (all of them)
People who dress dogs as humans. And then Instagram their furry humans. 100 times.
The house wives of any beach or county that have a TV show.
People who classify all Christians as bigots.
Christians who classify all non-believers as lower class.
People who are loud. For no reason.
Personal story person, who doesn’t listen, just tells personal stories.
People who use LOL in every message. There is NO WAY you are laughing that often.
People who are the constant victim.
I asked Josh and his are…
People who say “seriously” in conversation when he is showing no signs of disbelief.
Children who disrespect their parents in public. (our kids)
Anyone on The View.
Husbands who talk candidly about how attractive other women are.
People who tell long flippin’ jokes and mess up the punch line.
Cats. He just wants to punch cats. (don’t turn him in, we aren’t cat people)
I am LOLing as I type these! I think Josh and I need to take up kickboxing.
Here is the thing. I have been or am 50% of my list. I have been an entitled teenager, a whiney teenager and an entitled adult. I have eaten off my sister’s plate and every plate in view. I have judged Christians and damned those who didn’t believe. I have been loud, am loud, and have told more personal stories than I can count. I blog. I tell personal stories. I have overused LOL and have exhausted myself being the victim of my life. I have envied the spoils of the rich housewife and of pop culture’s leading ladies. I know that somewhere, sometime, someone has wanted to punch me. (probably the hubs)
I still want to punch the Kardashians.
I was thinking about how messy, and hard, being a follower of Jesus can be. This is why; Jesus drops bombs in the form of commands that require us to plow through our own selfish ways and act more like him. He throws gut punches.
Bombs like this :: Matthew 22: 36-40
36: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law? 37: Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind. 38: This is the first and greatest command. 39: And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40: On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
Uhhh….okay. Love the Lord with everything I have. Got it. Love everyone else the way I love myself. Not so much.
I wonder though; I wonder if Jesus knew that the very people we would want to throat punch are in fact close reflections of who we are, or who we were, or who we are becoming. I wonder if he threw in the last caveat “your neighbor as yourself” knowing that the only way we could extend love or acceptance to someone was by first seeing ourselves in them. Even if we don’t like what we see, if we see ourselves, we will soften. We will relate. We will forgive. We will listen. We will help. We will love.
These are midnight kitchen table ramblings with Josh as I (we) push towards what it means to love the Lord our God with all that we have, and love a sick and dying world with the same intensity.
Wanna join us? Who do you want to punch? Do you relate with them? I hope it’s not me. LOL!!! ROTFL!!! LMBO!LOL!!!!
Real life-he says the second is as important as the first. We gotta love our neighbor. We also gotta love ourselves.
I have some work to do!
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