The other day while sitting on the porch during a rainy day drinking coffee with my wife, I sort of blurted out loud a rather pensive question, "I wonder where the mosquitoes go when it rains?" After a brutal winter of record snow amounts and a very rainy spring, we are in no shortage of the swarming biting beasts up here in the Northland! I can tell you!
As soon as my question was stated Kathy answered in an instant, "Probably in our house!" We both erupted into laughter at the rather pessimistic response as I nodded my head up and down. Not in anyone else's home mind you, but those pesky things, are just in my house; all of them! Every single one of those blood suckers dwell in my abode! So, well I got to thinking about that statement. I sort of think many people embed themselves in that kind thinking, "The pests are probably all in my house, in my life, at my work, and in my relationships."
Not long ago a friend of mine shared with me, "Things are going so well right now in my life I just wonder when it's going to happen?" I replied, "What happens?" He went on to explain that he felt his job was just too fulfilling right now, his marriage too satisfying, and kids so rewarding that something - just some unfortunate thing readied itself to spring upon him ruining his happiness. "Besides" he continued, "Everything seems to happen to me."
Well here's the thing. Mosquitoes are everywhere! We all suffer from the ravages of these little pests. In the Northland they are just a real nuisance swarming by the thousands upon any unsuspecting victim. In the third world, they carry disease, suffering, and death. Millions struggle with mosquitoes in their houses!
Such are the problems of life. But, if we let them become more than they really are, we lose focus in a hurry. Many of our problems are quite small in reality. However, allowing every problem to live in our house, in our minds, and in our lives make them insurmountable leaving life lacking happiness and fulfillment.
Question: How do you handle the mosquitoes in your house? Ignore them to your peril, or, give this little, almost microscopic, pest front and center stage in your life, and the effect is the same. That little problem grows to seeming size of an elephant! Now imagine, two or three flying biting gnats in the house is a nuisance, but one gnat the size of an elephant is a life threatening calamity.
Truth: Most mosquitoes, the vast majority, are in fact are outside our homes. Let's keep it that way. That's where they belong. By keeping problems in their proper place, you reduce the mosquitoes in your life down to their actual reality; just little pests. They are nothing more than a small problem you can swat away.
Just My Thoughts
Traveling throughout Northern Minnesota looking for wildlife photography, I've come to enjoy certain communities which I visit from time to time. In a particular community, there is a man named Karlin. Karlin is a bit of a legend among the locals. Now, Karlin does not live in my community, and there are many Karlins in this world, but this Karlin is quite unique.
Karlin is a devout Christian, or so I am told. At church almost every time the church doors are open, Karlin is a cornerstone of his church. Karlin also likes to share his thoughts and beliefs about Christianity. Karlin makes sure that most every funeral in his community does not go unattended by himself. He feels it important that he be present. And, Karlin is willing to shake just about anyone's hand, engage in conversation, and smile!
There are a few other things Karlin is known for; common knowledge in fact. Karlin will do just about anything possible to get out of paying for a meal at a restaurant. Witnessed personally as I watched Karlin argue with a cashier one day, he emphatically stated, "I am such a good customer I shouldn't have to pay for this coffee!" People have also learned not to involved themselves with any matter regarding money; either purchasing from him or selling to him. If you don't get the money upfront from Karlin you will probably never see it. He also likes to peddle stuff that is well . . . not quite what he says it to be. One particular evening, Karlin drove his car into a ditch and after the towing service Karlin called pulled his car out, he refused to pay for the service. And, Karlin also is known for walking off with things that do not belong to him.
Karlin also is very critical of anyone who doesn't believe in Christianity quite the way he does. In fact, this seems to be one of his greatest legacies. Tragedy is that many people use Karlin as their reason they care little for church. Just this morning several hours ago after missing a beautiful shot of a Timber Wolf, I stopped by a place for coffee. A man I am acquainted with who knows I am a pastor said, "You know that Karlin . . . he's such a hypocrite!" Sometimes, I really hate being a pastor.
Thing is, Karlin is a hypocrite; no doubt here! And, the church I pastor has some Karlins in it too. But, really I must be careful about being too critical here . . . because; well . . . if I look deep down into my heart and soul I can see a little Karlin there too. We all possess a little Karlin in us; don't you think?
You see, church shouldn't be about Karlin or any other person for that matter. Church should be about Christ . . . cause He is the only One void of any Karlin in his life.
Just my thoughts.