I really like to write. You could probably guess that :). One thing that I’ve noticed about writing is that there are often many mistakes and typos. It’s understandable- we are human after all! But the problem is that we don’t usually see our own typos. I read through my writing looking for any mistakes I’ve made before calling it complete and giving it to the person it needs to go to, but I rarely ever see them even though they are in plain sight. My brain automatically fixes them for me. But then when other people read through my writing to edit for me, they most often say, “I did notice a some typos…”. And I go, “Really? I already looked through it!” But of course they are right and I am amazed that I didn’t spot the obvious error before. Conclusion: I can never see my typos (so excuse them when you see them!).
I’m really good at seeing other people’s typos though. I read through their writing, and their mistakes seem so blaring! I mean, how could they miss them?! …Wait, how can I expect them to see their own errors when I can’t see mine? Hmm…
This reminds me of sin. We are really good at seeing other people’s sin, and are happy to point it out for them. But we have such a hard time seeing our own sins. Our mind just skips over and rationalizes them.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 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? 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? 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 7:1-5 NIV)
It is so easy for us to have the wrong perspective. It is so easy to blame others and to see their every fault. And sometimes we can over-criticize ourselves as well. But when applied to us, too often our mind and our pride gets in the way of the awareness of our sin. Our sinful nature automatically lets us keep on reading through our self-evaluation without seeing that typo or that sin.
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” (Romans 12:3 NIV)
“God, please open our eyes to our own sin, let us see ourselves and our live in light of Your Truth. And Lord, help us to have mercy on those around us. To understand them, and to be slow to speak, slow to become angry, but quick to listen. We can’t see the whole picture, but we trust in the knowledge that You can, and that it is Your responsibility, not ours, to correct others. You may use us to speak Your Truth to others, but let us only do it out of obedience to you, not out of judgement on others. Thank you, Father.”
Joyfully in Christ,