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It Makes a Difference Who Does It

Isn’t it strange how we humans are so adept at detecting the shortcomings of others, while overlooking or excusing our own?  Jesus compared this attitude to that of a man who tries to take a small speck out of his brother’s eye, while ignoring a huge log in his own eye.  The following, by an unknown author, illustrates how we often display such biased thinking:

If . . .

I’m serious                      you’re sober                          he’s morbid

I’m ambitious                 you’re aggressive                 he’s pushy

I wonder                          you’re curious                      he’s nosey

I’m cautious                    you’re careful                       he’s paranoid

I’m relaxed                      you’re easygoing                  he’s sloppy

I acknowledge                you compliment                   he flatters

I’m expressive                 you’re talkative                    he’s a windbag

I take exception              you disapprove                     he gripes

I’m too busy                    you’re sidetracked               he’s negligent

I’m determined              you’re strong-willed            he’s bullheaded

I’m composed                 you’re restrained                 he’s stuffy

I’m committed               you’re dedicated                   he’s a fanatic

Though the above may seem a bit amusing, there is a very serious message in all this.  Remember Jesus’ admonition:

Do not judge lest you be judged.  For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.  And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” and behold, the log is in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

- Leonard White