by Macy Johnson
“You hypocrite, first take the plank
out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from
your brother’s eye.”
(Matthew 7:5 NIV)
black specks drift in and out of my peripheral vision. My floaters sometimes startle
me like spiders creeping up out of the corner of my eye.
Jesus refers to in Matthew are not only bothersome, but deadly relationship
daggers. These tiny distractions trigger criticism and egotistic
finger-pointing instead of humble helpfulness.
somewhere, “if you point a finger at someone, there are always three fingers
pointing back at you.” I have also been told, “it takes one to know one.” If I
recognize a fault in someone else, it is most likely because I am keenly aware of it in my own heart.
food drive-thru window worker had a speck in her eye. She accidentally gave my burgers
to the car in front of me. Imagine the look on my face when she handed me a bag
and cheerfully announced, “Eight chicken nuggets.”
“That’s not my order,” as the car in front of me pulled to the curb and an
angry customer marched toward the window. The worker’s speck grew larger as
confusion and heated discussions arose through the window with the other customer
and behind the scenes in the kitchen.
a strange peace came over me and reminded, “Things happen. Be pleasant and
quick to forgive.”
situation was resolved and I drove home, my husband and I enjoyed the best burgers
we have had in a long time!
floaters are there to remind me to ignore the specks in others’ eyes and pay
closer attention to mine.
I will remove
the planks in my eyes and help others to remove the speck in theirs. I hope you