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The Shopping Test: Who is Naughty and Nice ?

If you go to the grocery store or shopping mall, you will likely be tested to see just how patient you are.  Finding a parking spot can be an adventure as oblivious individuals will walk in front of you car, others rush to get the last close spot and the lazy leave shopping carts in parking spaces to make your blood boil.  When you finally locate a cart, trash is often left in the bottom, filled with expired coupons.

As you make your way into the entrance, speeds vary, like a Nascar race going 4 wide into a corner.  However, the fast lane isn’t always the left, requiring zig zag maneuvers to navigate your way to finish your check list.  Non planners talk on the phone the whole time, stopping right in front of you without warning.  Meanwhile, the carefree window shoppers, seem to block your intended route every other aisle.  Courtesy separates the naughty from the nice, in a hurry to get to no where, as the self absorbed carry on, going as fast as possible.

Today, I failed the shopping test, bickering, complaining and talking to myself the whole time.  My idea of shopping is like a quick splash and go on pit lane, trying to stay out in front of the crowds.  Instead of enjoying the journey, impatience has made by grumpy, frustrated by a lack of urgency demonstrate by my fellow shoppers.  On my way out to the car, the Holy Spirit convicted me of Philippians 2:14-15.  Although I didn’t directly voice my beefs, I was naughty, not shinning the light of Christ as God calls, Matthew 5:13-16.  See where your patience falls on the Shopping Test Scale.

Level                                                                                     Attributes                                                                                      Meter

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1                                                                                              Calm & Relaxed                                                                           Pleasant

2                                                                                              Sarcastic & Slightly Irritated                                                 Okay

3                                                                                              Rolling your Eyes / Frustrated                                             Selfish

4                                                                                              Gossiping / Grumbling                                                             Angry

5                                                                                              Ignorant / Rude                                                                          Naughty

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Where do you fall on the scale? Any thoughts on how to become more patient?

 

by Jay Mankus

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The Doctor has become the Patient

Luke was known as the beloved physician in Colossians 4:14.  In his book of Acts, Luke uses the pronoun we beginning in Acts 16, suggesting he was a traveling companion and close friend of the apostle Paul.  In fact, scholars have suggested Luke’s gospel is different than the other 2 synoptic gospels, Matthew and Mark, because Luke was influenced by Paul’s teaching.

However, as I was meditating on the book of Acts, a thought came to my mind.  Was Luke able to successfully heal each of his patients?  If not, did Luke hear or see Jesus personally heal someone that medicine and science of his day failed him?  John 21:25 tells us that the Bible limits Jesus’ miracles to only the gospels.  If every detail was expounded upon, we might likely discover that doctor Luke had become one of Jesus’ patients.

The passage which suggests my theory is found in Luke 5:27-32.  The context is the calling of Matthew, a descendant of the tribe of Levi, to become one of Jesus’ disciples.  Up until now, the disciples had been blue collar workers, common people, fishermen.  Here, Jesus adds a tax collector to his group of 12, completed in Luke 6:12-16.  This appears to fascinate Luke, yet Jesus’ words in Luke 5:31-32 likely perked his interest further.  According to Jesus, the righteous don’t need a doctor.  The righteous are expected to be able to take care of themselves.  Jesus’ main concern here are the sick and sinners.  Upon hearing Jesus’ words, Luke was likely transformed, leading him to become a patient and follower of Jesus.

by Jay Mankus

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