Story of the day: Don’t be so quick to judge!
Since we have moved to Dallas, the traffic has by far, become challenging. People will swerve into your lane without looking back to see how close you are, knowing that if you hit them from behind, it’s your fault. As my frustration on the road begins, I try to empathize with other drivers, but sometimes, how close people get to hitting me and my kids, gets me all worked up. Could I be wrong? Is there something that I am doing or not doing while driving? Is it always the other drivers? How I respond in this situation could have either a positive or negative outcome. Either way, it is my choice to decide how I am going to react. Trust me, it’s real easy to want to get upset! But why? What will my getting angry do for me?
Dave Egner writes: “Some of us are quick to find fault with our fellow believers. In the name of “encouraging” or “exhorting,” we point out the sins and shortcomings of our brothers and sisters in Christ without seeing our own failures or guild” (Luke 6:37-42). My need to get somewhere in a hurry, may lead me to act either hastily or in a way that will find fault with others. But again, it’s a choice that I make in that instant.
I am reminded of a similar situation about a woman by the name of “Denise McKinney. She was driving through the streets of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, late one evening when an oncoming car turned left in front of her. She honked her horn to let the person know he had nearly caused an accident by his carelessness.
When she parked her car a few minutes later, the same car pulled up beside her and the driver got out. “The next time you honk your horn at someone,” he said, “maybe you should make sure your headlights are on.” Sure enough, in her haste she had forgotten to turn on her lights. She had been so convinced he was in the wrong that she never saw her own error. She was the one who had almost caused an accident.
We often act in a similar way. We’re quick to judge the behavior of others and point out their error. Jesus prefers that we examine our own lives and be quick to say, “I was wrong. Please forgive me.”
Quote of the day: Bosch
“Be quick to judge yourself and slow to judge others.”
Bible verse of the day: Luke 6:42
“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
It is easy to find fault with others, especially when we, as the Word so greatly says, can’t see through the plank that is in our eye. Father, I pray that in the split decision that I have to either be upset or let it roll off my back, that I choose the later. Father, I don’t get anything from being upset. It just makes things worse. Father, I pray for wisdom to make good choices, choices that bring Glory to Your Kingdom, in all areas of my life. I thank You for this day!
In Jesus Name I pray,