A Look in the Mirror


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. Matthew 7:5 ESV

“Why don’t these glasses that I have had less than a year help me enough to read anymore?”  I complained to my optometrist at my annual eye exam.

Why don’t these glasses that I have had less than a year help me read anymore?”  I complained to my optometrist at my annual eye exam.

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“Have you noticed those spots on your eyes?” she asked patiently as she held up a mirror.  There I could see dark patches on my irises which once were clear blue. Then I realized that everyone else could see my problem except for me. Jesus said that before we can help anyone else we have to take a look in the mirror.

Have you ever noticed that people don’t always see things as we would like them to? Maybe they are our children, our neighbors or that crazy politician running for office. No amount of cajoling, reasoning or sarcastic complaints seems to make a dent in their refusal to see the truth. But maybe our biggest problem is that we have some spots on our own eyes, rendering us incapable of delicate eye surgery.

I did finally get my vision back after two eye surgeries. What helped me through my difficult and recovery was the gentle voice of the surgical assistant assuring me that my eye were indeed healing. Her patience with my  complaints encouraged me to faithfully keep taking my eye drops and putting on my eye patch at night. Slowly my vision improved and I will always be grateful for their willingness to listen as well as to cure.

Published by pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

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