Five Minute Friday: Change

Five Minute Friday

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

5 mins of writing on a set topic.

I’ve decided that if I ever wanted to do more writing….and to really get serious about it then I need to be able to just write. Simply write. So I’m going to join some friends linking up at Lisa-Jo’s blog and we shall see what fun ensues…..



There’s nothing like spending a lot of time with someone who you wouldn’t see much normally.  All of a sudden You see the good and the not so good in them.

There’s nothing like thrusting the spotlight on a certain character trait in someone, and then realizing that you too struggle with a similar issue – maybe not to the same degree – but it is still there, it is still present, and it is something you should totally get rid of.

I’m pretty analytical.  Black and white.  I see things in others and I see things in myself.

When you use a magnifying glass the image you’re looking at appears bigger in front of your eyes, right?  A certain amount of light goes through – but also a certain amount of light is reflected back onto you.  Yep.  A magnifying glass focused on others, illuminates you as well.

When we see these problems in others – that we know we have in ourselves, there’s only one thing for it.


We gotta change.

We have to change ourselves before we become the ugly for others to see.  We need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  Paul got it right.  Change.

We can’t go around belittling others.  we can’t go around pointing one finger when there are four more pointing back at us.

We need to profoundly care for those we profoundly disagree with.


We can’t change others, but we can use our magnifying glasses to change ourselves.

The church needs the ability to flex the muscle of ethical conviction and the muscle of compassion. – Simon Smart


9 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Change

  1. Linking in from Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday LInk UP…
    Some very good points. Love the magnifying glass analogy. Without change in ourselves we have no right to judge others. But if we do change and become like HIm, we should help others to do the same.

  2. I am learning this more and more, even in my marriage of 28 years – still can’t change my husband – but God sure can change me – and HIS goal is more and more in HIS image!

  3. I hear an old Sunday School song right now… “It’s me, it’s me, it’s me O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.” (pointing at self)

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