Sitting here quietly
“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?” (Matthew 7:3 ESV)
Young Sven went to study at the university and was living in a dorm with other students. After he’d been there a month, his mother came to visit him.
“How do you get along with de other students, Young Sven?” she asked.
“Mother,” he replied, “dey are strange people. De one on dat side keeps banging his head on de wall and vill not stop. De one on de other side screams and screams every evening.”
“Oh Young Sven!” said his mother. “How do you manage to put up with dese noisy neighbors? Haf you talked vith someone about de problem?”
“Mother, I do nothing. I yust sit here, playing my drums and ignore dem.”
Sometimes we see oddities in the behaviors of others, but fail to identify our own shortcomings. When there are problems in a relationship, what is really the cause of the trouble? How do our actions affect others? What chain reaction might we be setting in motion with our comments and misinterpretations of what someone else has said?
God wants us to humbly look at ourselves, instead of judging others.
Lord, help us see ourselves honestly. Take away what is obstructing our vision so that we can help others, in Your name. Amen.