Stand Back!

**Alas for you when the world speaks well of you** (Luke 6:26).

Luke 6:26
Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalms 1:1-4,6; I Corinthians 15:12,16-20; Luke 6:17,20-26

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A man who was an insomniac for thirty years finally decided to see a psychiatrist. “Why can’t you sleep at night?” the doctor asked.

“Because I’m trying to solve all the worlds problems.”

The psychiatrist pressed further, “Do you ever solve them?”

“I have a one-hundred per-cent perfect record of solving them,” replied the patient.

“Well then why can’t you sleep?” the psychiatrist asked.

“Well doctor, I think it’s those big ticker tape parades they have in my honor that keep me up.”1

Such perfectionist traits are the stuff of dreams only. In reality none of us can rightly lay claim to perfection as problem solvers in world affairs. Indeed none of us can lay claim to perfection as problem solvers on any level of human affairs.

Abraham Lincoln was fond of quoting a verse from a poem which began, “Oh, why should the spirit of mortal man be proud?” The poem is a reflection on the folly of human pride in the face…

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