Happy New Year

Out with the old – in with the new, so the saying goes.

Along with many other things, another year has just shown me that we humans are flawed. We miss the mark of perfection by a long shot. Not even close…. even as Christians we often fall short. But to actually improve or to benefit from that understanding requires you to take an honest look at your own life. It can be a very humbling thing to do so – sometimes even down-right scary.

On the other end of the approach we have those folks who seem to “look for” and to “point out” the flaws in the lives of others before even starting to look at their own life. They do not see their own flaws but want to be the judge over the lives of others. By the way…That is nothing more than pride clothing itself in “authority” clothes.

I think that is why Jesus warns us about doing just that in Matthew 7:3-5 He says:

“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?  4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

  • Is Jesus really talking about something “in the eye” or something “from the eye”. ie something we see?
  • Why did Jesus use the word “brother”? I find that interesting. I guess because, it is one thing to identify a speck in a strangers eye – we wouldn’t normally do that, but with our brother we would feel so much closer to him that it would seem wrong – not to point out the obvious. Yet here Jesus says before we do that we should FIRST take a good honest look at our own life and remove whatever should not be there.
  • Could Jesus be saying that only until you are ready to humbly look seriously at your own life and make the changes will you then begin to embrace the character to lovingly speak truth into the life of another?

Lord, help me to be willing to look deep into my own heart and address those things first… and thanks for making me righteous through Christ!  —

Here’s to a new year!