There was a very wealthy man who was bothered by severe eye pain. He consulted many physicians and was being treated by several. He did not stop consulting a galaxy of medical experts; he consumed heavy loads of drugs and underwent hundreds of injections. But the ache persisted with more vigor than before. Doctors failed to help him.
At last, a godly man who was supposed to be an expert in treating such patients was called for by the suffering man. The godly man understood his problem and said that for sometime he should concentrate only on green colors and not to let his eyes fall on any other colors. It was a strange prescription, but he was desperate and decided to try it.
The millionaire got together a group of painters and purchased barrels of green paint and directed that every object his eye was likely to fall to be painted green just as the godly man had directed. When the godly man came to visit him after few days, the millionaire’s servants ran with buckets of green paint and poured it on him since he was not dressed totally in green, lest their employer see any other color and his eye ache would come back.
Hearing this, the godly man laughed and said “If only you had purchased a pair of green spectacles, worth just a few dollars, you could have saved these walls and trees and pots and all other articles and also could have saved a large share of his fortune. You cannot paint the world green.”
We need our vision changed and the world will appear accordingly. It is foolish to try and shape the world, let us first get our own selves in good shape first.
If you’re messed up, what could you offer that is beneficial and wise? First get yourself fixed then are you better able to see to fix the problems of others. We need to call out to God to change us. He’s the only One Who can. We need to get born again! No glasses to purchase, nothing to buy; salvation is free; change will come.
Our old selves cannot help a hurting world. The old self only knows how to tolerate, compromise, sympathize, empathize and literally relate to suffering; instead of offering solutions that can bless people so we ALL can walk in victory. I agree, a shoulder to cry on is not a bad thing, but one better is strengthening others to help prevent the crying in the first place.
Lk 6:42 “Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.”