On Specks and Logs
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?”1
Mike Atkinson in his Mickey’s Funnies shares the following humorous story:
A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
"That laundry is not very clean," she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap." Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About a month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this."
The husband said, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows."2
Need I say more?
Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please deliver me from the sin of playing the blame-game and projecting my blind spots onto others—and judging them accordingly. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen.”
1. Matthew 7:3-4 (NLT).
2. Mickey’s Funnies © 2008 Mike Atkinson.