Friday, December 3, 2010
I was blind but now I see
Don't you just hate it when you are complaining about something someone is doing and then suddenly realize - "Hey wait a minute, that's exactly what I am doing now." OUCH!! *sigh* ~ I am guilty as charged. Those "beams in my eye" sure are blinding! I've been rather harsh and judgemental lately, and realized yesterday that in doing so, I am not forgiving others of their mistakes and weaknesses. I am so grateful for the gift of repentance and the ability to be forgiven; how can I deny that to others? It isn't my place to judge them; it is my place to love them. If they are doing something that bothers me, complaining about it doesn't change anything. Focusing all of my energy and emotion on what I don't want, just gets me more of what I don't want. I need to follow the advice of Ghandi ~ "be the change that you want to see..." I need to spend my energy and emotion focusing on their good qualities and let God worry about their faults and weaknesses. Pulling out those "beams" leaves a big, gaping hole that hurts and sometimes takes a long time to heal (just like getting those HUGE wisdom teeth pulled!), but in the end I will be able to see more clearly. It is hard, but definitely worth it.