“Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own?”
So much to think about in this little question. Adam Hamilton actually turns this question from a personal, introspective one into a call for churches to be willing to let go of the judgements of people so that they can retain followers.
Judgement. Ahh. Yesterday I spoke of hope and how it just comes with us. Judgement may also be one of those things and something we have to spend our lives fighting against.
It’s far too easy to judge. It makes one of us in the equation come up short. One of us is a winner and one of us loses. Terrible. Why do we feel the need to make someone look worse than us so we can feel better about ourselves? Do we really need that competition? It keeps us from reaching out and enjoying the friendship and fellowship of those around us. Competition for the sake of making us feel better is not healthy.
Competition to make us work harder at being our best selves may not be so bad. There are wonderful people that I want to be like. I want to work hard to become my best self and, I believe, those qualities I see in others can be a part of my best self too.