“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
Written by: Tiffany Williford
The world has rapidly changed over the last few decades. We now can get answers to questions on our phones instead of spending time looking through card catalogs at the library. We can access our friends and family with a quick text. There is no need to rotate a telephone dial and hope a friend is home to pick up the call. Before answering machines, I remember calling multiple times until I got an answer otherwise my friends wouldn’t know I called. Today, we can connect to hundreds, thousands, and even millions of people all over the world by logging into our social media accounts.
With all the access and human connection, we have also more access to give and receive criticism. In real time, we can see what a celebrity is wearing and comment on if we like their outfit or not. We can watch a football game and message in a chat room what a bad play the coach made and what play he should have run. We can argue on social media how ridiculous someone else’s opinion is in front of hundreds of others. We can see the amazing and perfect pictures online and judge how great and easy our friend’s life is. I can admit, I sometimes scroll through my social media friends and think how much easier and how much greener the grass looks on the other side. I am sure we all do from time to time, which makes it harder to follow Matthew 7:3.
Merriam-Webster defines a plank as a heavy, thick board. Could you imagine if you really had a heavy thick board in your eye? It sounds painful! With more exposure to more people, it is easy to focus on what others are doing instead of our own lives and problems. As Christians, we should strive to remove judgment of others by putting ourselves into their shoes. We need to extend more mercy and grace.
I’m going to challenge myself to appreciate the color of my grass instead of looking at the greener grass on the other side. I am going to try to look at the whole picture when it comes to people instead of the perspective and story I put together in my head. I am going to try to extend more mercy and grace to others.
Thought of the day: Where are the areas in your life in which you look at the speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye instead of paying attention to yourself?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for the life You have given me. Thank You for the challenges I have as well as the blessings. I pray God for You to help me not judge others as well as appreciate what I have. In Jesus’ name, amen.