My mom and I were having a conversation the other day. Nothing unusual about that at all as we talk every day. Multiple times a day, as a matter of fact. Towards the end of the conversation, she told me she had read my post earlier in the morning. With much hesitation, she also told me she thought there was a mistake, as I had repeated a sentence twice, one paragraph apart.
I pulled it up quickly while she was still with me and said, “You are right” and proceeded to make the necessary correction. She apologized for pointing it out although I assured her, I most appreciated her doing so.
I always try to proofread my posts carefully and multiple times. It is amazing how grammatical errors and typos can get by even the most careful of eyes. It is not unusual for me to read it even a day later and make a change or correction.
As I was processing the correction, these were the words which gently went through my thoughts …
“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? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye, then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5, NLT)
We can so magnify the faults of others to heights unreal while at the same time overlooking our own shortcomings. I don’t think Jesus was concerned about actual pieces of dust, splinters, or wood in our eyes. He was making the point of how often we criticize others when we ourselves have much more serious issues in our own lives.
Much the same way I could not detect my writing error, we are often blind to our own faults and shortcomings. We are blind to ourselves. Only as we permit the Holy Spirit to reveal our logs will we ever truly see them. And only with the Holy Spirit’s help will we ever overlook the specks in the lives of those around us. May those specks cause us to pray for others. And for our own logs as well.
Here’s the funny thing I realized about specks and logs ….
They are usually made of the same stuff.