April 24th, 2024

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I have log-sightedness.  Or wait, do I have speck-sightedness?  Or both???

There’s a great image by Jesus in Matthew’s gospel where he tells his crew: “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor. “Let me take the speck out of your eye”, while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.”

Yeah, it’s probably both.

I had a rough day yesterday.  I had several different people point out my specks.  Didn’t feel great.  But most of the specks were truth, so there’s that.  

If I’m honest though, what I found rising up in me as a response was anger.  Anger because then all I started noticing was how many logs they had in their eyes!  And now there I was hours later, focused only on specks and logs.  Maybe this has never happened to you.  Or maybe it has.

That could be why Jesus brings this up.  

He’s speaking about judgment and the importance of making his message, that the kingdom of God is breaking in, a realistic, demonstrated and relational part of everyday life.  In other words, we can’t proclaim God’s amazing and graceful love one day and then get hyper focused on specks and logs the next.

Speck-sightedness and log-vision are not the manifestation of the kingdom breaking in.  

Instead, Grace is.  Compassion is.  Listening is.  Presence is.  Guiding is.  Forgiveness is.  

How’s your vision?  May our lenses today not focus on the specks and logs, but instead, be the physical demonstration of God’s kingdom breaking in still.

Lord, help my vision be your vision.  Amen.

Still in One Peace,