Saturday, April 6, 2013

familiarity

you know the saying "familiarity breeds contempt"---well this thought has been coming back to me the last couple of days--

you remember in the bible how it said "a prophet is of no honor in his own country"-----and how Jesus was not respected in his own circles----

of course we can say that the people who might be closest to us or that know us more intimately, would have reasons to think differently about us-----well, how did that relate to Jesus---as most anyone would suppose, to know Him was to only see more goodness--

and i am sure that part of the theory has to do with the fact that we would not accept contempt from hardly anyone that was not important in our lives----we for the most part would not care nor be affected-

but in cases, say a movie star or celebrity, this theory would include many nameless faces, as their whole life depends on people, that know little of the real them---accepting them and adoring them

maybe some of the theory could be the fact that as we let someone close enough to see the real us---we hate the reflection of that knowledge in our lives at times

whatever the true meaning of the basic theory, it holds true for most of us, as Jesus told us to be not a "respecter of persons"---we are anything but that----

32 comments:

  1. Very thought-provoking, Lynn. Thanks.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. thanks dana--hope you are having the beautiful weather we are blessed with this weekend--either way enjoy :)

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  2. I think it all starts with respecting yourself. And these days the lines of respect are very blurry. Good topic!

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  3. Any rational person would want world peace. It should be achievable with shared resources and careful cultivation of the planet. So that can only lead to the conclusion it is the irrational that make the decisions. Jesus basically said let's be nice to each other and the message is as true today as it was then but still nobody is listening.

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  4. I think the saying came from back when people had servants and slaves and was meant to prevent anyone from becoming overly familiar with those beneath then lest they stop respecting them properly. Which is why bosses try not to be friends with their employees. On the other hand, if you treat people fairly and with respect then why would they ever think contemptuously of you?

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  5. Your comment about celebrities is so true. There are many adoring fans, but few who really know the real person.

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    1. oh, yes, they just like an idea of the person they want them to be--thanks sherry :)

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  6. I've always disliked that saying. I hope the people closest to me are ones I can love and respect even though I know the real them.

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    1. i agree, that would be a wonderful thing susan :)

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  7. Hi, Lynn: Excellent advice. The Bible tells us not to show favoritism...to treat all people the way Jesus treats us ...with love. Only God knows our hearts. Blessings!

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    1. so true, it says, the heart is deceitfully wicked, who can know it---thanks luana!!

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  8. I love reading your blogs, Lynn...thankyou!

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    1. awww thanks zoe, that makes me very happy :)

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  9. The thought that Jesus came to say to love one another, is fine, but it didn't stop there; that was not the good news. Above all else we were to come to know him and accept his precious gift of eternal salvation. I'm worried sometimes - well, a lot of the time - that people are taking all of this just too lightly and are missing the most important part - our free gift for the asking and receiving.

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    1. amen----the best gift we can ever receive--thanks donna :)

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  10. You always have thought-provoking posts.

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    1. and you are always so sweet christine :)

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  11. Something to think about, and pray over. Thanks!

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  12. ohhhh...i really love this post on contempt. you tied it in so well with some great bible sayings!

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  13. It's really rare that we let someone get close enough to see the real us. It makes us emotionally vulnerable when we do so. At the same time though, it can also be freeing.

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    1. true, it can be freeing--thanks for your insights :)

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  14. I agree with Keith. I have a very small circle who know the real me, but being around those people is so freeing!

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    1. i agree too--very freeing---thanks theresa :)

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  15. There are fewer and fewer people I want to let in my circle as I age.

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    1. i know what ya mean susan, on the other hand, i find myself, not caring as much who knows the real me :)

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  16. This is truly insightful.
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Happy A to Z!
    -g-

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    1. i am glad you thought so maggid, thanks :)

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