Speak Up, Honey

A concerned husband spoke to the doctor. “I think my wife is deaf, because she never hears me the first time; she always asks me to repeat things.”
“OK,” the doctor responded. “Go home, stand fifteen feet away from her, and say something to her. If she doesn’t reply, move in five feet and repeat. If there’s still no answer, keep doing it until she hears.”
So the man returned home and followed the doctor’s orders. At fifteen feet he asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” There was no reply, so at ten feet he repeated the question. Still no reply. So he stood five feet from her and asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
She turns around and yells, “for the third time, vegetable stew!”
Sometimes our problem isn’t so much deafness as myopia. It never occurs to us that the problem might be our own! We can’t see … because we haven’t looked!
One day Jesus made some caustic comments about the leaders of Israel:
“For judgment I have come into this world so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, ‘What, are we blind, too?’ Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains” (John 9:39-41).
There are none so blind, it has been said, as those who will not see. It takes courage to look into our hearts and ask the hard questions.
“Could I have been wrong? Should I have been more decisive? Or more cautious?”
But at least the one who asks these questions will have a chance to find out if it is he, or the other person, who is deaf!

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