Develop a blind eye and a deaf ear

In his book, “LECTURES TO MY STUDENTS,” the still highly regarded nineteenth century minister, C.H. Spurgeon, wrote: “I have one blind eye and one deaf ear and they are the best ear and eye that I have.” This trainer of ministers was simply passing on the advice of Solomon written long before him: “Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken” (Ecclesiastes 7:21).

When I hear someone say, “I’m always the last to know about trouble in my church,” I know I’m in wise company.

Some things are better left unseen and unheard.

Paying too much attention to negatives can cause one to become an expert at faultfinding. And if you build your life on faults, expect earthquakes. Nothing will go right in your life if you chose to fill your mind with things that are wrong with people God loves.

Chronic complainers seldom see this solemn truth: their constant griping is actually directed toward God. To complain about our circumstances is to complain about Him, since He directs or allows all the events that come into our lives.

It’s time, then, to tune out all the cutting negative voices of the past.

Why not become blind and deaf to all voices and events that drag you down?

Hear birds instead of sirens.

Hear laughter instead of complaining.

Look for rainbows instead of dark clouds.

See the beauty of snowflakes instead of complaining about the depth of the snow.

Remember the encouragements of yesterday and make them work for you today.

Members of a congregation were filing out of their church shaking hands and exchanging greetings. I had never ministered at this church before but felt at ease with the people. The bond of love between us was new but familiar.

One of the worshippers stopped to ask if I might consider writing a book to help those struggling with negative attitudes. “I’m so negative,” he said. “I’m negative about the church — about everything.”

Millions who exit church services and others who never enter them are defeated by this destructive frame of mind. Negativism is a thief that robs people of adventure and joy; even the economy of the nation is drained of needed vitality by this crippling condition that causes its victims to expect little and attempt less.

A man I once met in a Detroit hospital left an impression on me that remains: his attitude demonstrated the faith he possessed was genuine. He seemed blind and deaf to the faults of others and the two words he spoke to me as we parted have returned to refresh me again and again.

“Be encouraged!” he said.

What good words!

Perhaps someone you will meet today needs to experience their life changing power.

 

Roger Campbell is an author, a columnist and broadcaster who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at rcministry@ameritech.net.

More in Life

Rich chocolate pudding can use up excess milk products. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Pudding to the rescue

Chocolate dessert saves a feast gone awry.

Nick Varney
Unhinged Alaska: Enough is enough

Ole Mother Nature must have misplaced her backup box of vintage dregs from a Cold Duck wine vat.

Homer writer Richard Chiappone. (Photo by Joshua Veldstra)
‘Hunger of Crows’ perfect for winter reading

Chiappone’s first novel is set in Homer, Anchor Point.

Fresh dinner rolls made without the addition of dairy. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Baking for everyone

Dinner rolls skip the dairy, but not the flavor

Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
Life in the Pedestrian Lane: ‘Tis the Season

The Kenai Community Library has always been one of the stars in the crown of the community.

Homer News Ben Mitchell, left, serves spaghetti to helper Pat Wells in the kitchen at a past Share the Spirit spaghetti feed. (Michael Armstrong/Homer News file)
Looking to share some holiday spirit? Here’s how

Share the Spirit serves the Homer community by donating food, essential needs and Christmas presents.

Appease your child’s picky palate with these tasty Tater Tots. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Tots to be thankful for

Two years ago, I spent the entirety of Thanksgiving Day in my green rocking chair, cradling my newborn son.

File
Minister’s Message: Keep in step

Sometimes it takes going half way around the world to learn how to “keep in step” as I journey.

Shelli and Mike Gordon pose in October 2011 at their Halibut Cove, Alaska, home in an Alaska Gothic version of Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” painting. (Photo courtesy of Mike Gordon)
‘Dagnabit’ features tales of ’80s wild Alaska

Gordon’s second book also tells of Ruben Gaines, creator of Chilkoot Charlie.

Before boiling, this handmade pasta is rolled, cut and tossed in flour to keep from sticking. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Pasta by hand

Learning one of the most important task of the Italian kitchen: making the pasta.

Will Morrow (courtesy)
The Great Thanksgiving dessert debate

Our holiday gathering is going to be smaller than it sometimes is, and it was argued that we didn’t need two desserts.

Dianne Spence-Chorman’s “Fig Study” is one of the works showing in the Homer Council on the Arts “Fun wtih 5x7” show through Dec. 22, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
‘Fun with 5×7’ offers affordable art

HCOA annual art show presents art in a variety of media, all in 5x7 format.