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? Matthew 7:3-5 (NASB)
I usually enjoy a good workout at the classes offered at the gym, but this one day I grew impatient and annoyed to the point that I left class early. Someone in the gym stunk. This went far beyond the normal gym smell, to a horrible body odor, like someone had forgotten to use deodorant for a full week before the class.
The smell permeated the room so much that I felt like I was taking it home with me. Why can’t people be more considerate? On the way home, I stopped briefly at the market, and that person’s stench followed me into the store and back in the car again. I couldn’t shake it.
Once home, I headed straight for the shower. To my horror and embarrassment, upon removing my gym shirt, I realized that the person who stunk up the gym was me! How relieved the others must have been when I left the class early.
It is easy to point the finger, to quickly find fault with others or to cast blame. Never once did I think, is that me? My first thought was about the other person who was ruining my workout. I even sniffed around for the culprit as we ran laps. In how many other situations might I do the same thing, immediately finding fault with “the other person”?
“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” Matthew 7:5.
Father, help me examine my own heart and stop pointing the finger at others. Amen.