Spec of Sawdust

I don’t know about you but I find myself being critical of others perhaps more than I should. When people don’t do things the way I think it should be done, or act the way I think they should act, or even think they way I do about things, I find myself either openly or silently complaining. It is so easy to criticize others but before you do why not be willing to accept that same criticism about yourself.

“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?"Matthew 7:3

Can you imagine the amount of time and energy spent on criticizing the faults of others? That same energy and time could have been spent working on our own character faults. As you know we only have a set amount of time here on earth. In my opinion we are here to perfect our immortal souls so the time you waste criticizing others is the time that you will not have to work on your divine mission. Logically speaking isn’t that self-defeating behavior. It is also just plain silly!

Even though I write messages that may be critical of others my intention is not to be judgmental but instead inspirational. I would like to put up a mirror for us all to reflect upon ourselves in the hope that we would want to improve something that may not reveal our best side. In my blogs I tend to freely admit my faults because I know they are many. I not only have a spec in my eye but enough lumber to build a chain of motels. But as of late I spend a lot of time working on stuff that even I do not like about me. At this stage of life my time is more precious than during the days of my youth…and…there is no fool like an old fool!

In this ever-increasing social media explosion we have the ability to reach out and say bad things about anyone that we don’t like. There are probably more than a billion voices online at any given moment spewing highly sensitive and even defamatory comments about others. A lot of this could be people just venting their dissatisfaction with things, which is a right and even a necessity because when we see improper behavior why not state what you witness? People need to learn how to speak up and speak out about wrongdoing. But placing judgment on others is not the same thing. Sure we might see character faults in others but before we post a negative comment about them why not first preform a self-check evaluation. Why not spend the time working on something you know to be weak about your own character before you spend the same amount of time complaining about others? Many times it is someone that you don’t even know.

If you have interactions with others in a public setting life offers us teachable moments several times a day. It could be at work, at places where you go for entertainment, at a park or even at your worship houses. Many times we utter these criticisms silently but spiritually speaking it is the same if you think it; or if you say it because it is from your character that the utterances are made. Since your Maker is constantly working on you He knows all your thoughts, deeds and acts; to Him there is nothing hidden about you. What is done in the darkness will come into the light. Therefore we are given several teachable moments almost daily where we can work on our shortcomings rather than criticizing others.

When you are young and foolish you think you have all the time in the world to work out your faults that you know are there. Funny thing about life is that those faults become bad habits and when you are old they are much harder to break… plus you have fewer days remaining to correct them. Since it is our Heavenly Father that is actually nurturing our immortal souls while on earth, each moment counts. Why waste even one precious moment complaining when you could be fixing yourself.

This is why the Lord taught us this lesson: “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?” Matthew 7:3 Perhaps life gives us more teachable moments than we once realized… and… we don’t need to look very far to find those golden opportunities. Time is wasting!