“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”
Bill was so angry at his brother, Geoff, and he was absolutely going to set things straight. Geoff was so stubborn that he would never clean up after himself, and always left the mess for Bill to deal with.
And it had happened again today.
Geoff was trying to carry a small bucket across the room, but he was so clumsy that a little was spilling, and now Bill would have to clean it up. So Bill, who was carrying a 6-foot-long board on his shoulder, ran across the room to handle things. “Geoff,” he yelled as he ran, “You fool! Look at the mess you’re making!” And as he went, the board moved from side to side and cleared every item off of every table.
That’s pretty much the image Jesus has for us in this parable of the speck and the log. (You also might get a good picture from this video by Truma.)
So often we point out that other people shouldn’t point out our problems when they have problems of their own. But that’s not the real point. It’s that we shouldn’t be focused so much on other people’s issues that we fail to notice our own. We should absolutely be interested in helped other people when they need it, but our greatest focus needs to be on fixing ourselves – with God’s help.
For many of us, it will always be a temptation to point out where other people are making mistakes. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities, because there is an abundance of mistake-makers in the world – you and me included. Instead of focusing on just how much they offend you, pray to the Lord that He will help you find and correct the mistake-prone areas in your life.
Reflection copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt.
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