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A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE
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I’ve never taken 39 scorgings;
I haven’t been beaten with rods (thrice).
Never has a judge thrown stones at me;
I haven’t been shipwrecked (thrice).
Nor have I been night and day in the deep.
I have not had taken laborious journeys (often).
I have not been in perils of waters.
Nor of robbers.
Nor of my countrymen.
I have not been in peril in the city.
Nor the wilderness.
Nor the sea.
Nor among false brothers.
I have not been in weariness and toil.
Nor sleepless (often).
Nor have I hungered.
Or fasted involuntarily.
I have never been kept out in the cold.
I have never been without proper clothing.
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I’ve never been so stressed out that I sweated blood.
I’ve never been spit upon.
Soldiers have never slapped me and yelled at me.
I have not been falsely accused and viciously mocked by a crowd of people.
I was not beaten with metal tips to the point of not looking human.
I can’t know what it feels like to have my beard pulled out.
I have not been utterly despised.
My bones have never been pulled out of joint.
My heart has never been broken to where it felt like melting wax.
I have never felt so awful I could say, “you lay me in the dust of death. Dogs have surrounded me…”.
People have not stared and gloated over me.
Nobody shoved a crown of thorns on my head.
I have never been put in jail.
Nobody has stripped me and gambled for my clothes.
Nobody ever put 9-inch nails between my forearm bones and through my hands.
I have not been hung on a cross to die.
I am not the Savior.
I was never in the form of God.
I was never equal with God.
If I’m of no reputation, I deserve it.
I didn’t take the form of a bondservant—
I was made one.
I never was not a human.
I have not humbled myself and become obedient to the point of death.
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Recommended Reading: Philippians 2