Pastor Idleman uses many ways of explaining projection in Chapter 7 but I wanted to comment on an idea that grabbed me the most.
The story he used seemed so ironic but it is so true. It summarizes what he says in Chapter 5 about not recognizing our true nature. It reflects back on denial from Chapter 6 and it is a wonderful way to end Chapter 7 on projection as we begin to move on to Chapter 8.
“Every day you take your lunch to work, and every day it’s the same thing—chicken salad sandwiches. You continually complain to your coworkers that it’s always chicken salad sandwiches in your lunch. You are sick and tired of chicken salad sandwiches. You even tell a coworker you’d rather die than eat one more chicken salad sandwich. Finally someone says, ‘Why don’t you ask your wife to make you something else?’ You reply, Oh, actually I make lunch myself.” [page 120]
Yes folks, we make lunch ourselves.
I don’t know how many times in my life that I avoid recognizing my true nature, my real identity. I don’t know how many times I try to deny that what I am doing is wrong. I don’t know how many times I try to shove my problems off on someone else.
I make my lunch myself.
A personal revelation: I don’t know why God has put it on my heart to blog. I am never even sure that the blog is doing anything for anyone but reading this book and putting my thoughts down on the page has been very good for me. It seems like Pastor Idleman has been ministering to me. Maybe I should say God is using Pastor Idleman’s book to minister to me.
Don’t kid yourself.
I may sound like I “have my act together,” but I am just like everyone else; I am struggling to do better in my Christian walk.
I need to be honest with God. I need to confess my sins. I need to deal with my weaknesses.
I am getting tired of the chicken salad sandwiches, aren’t you?