I Would Never Do That

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Matthew 7:3

candyjar

As he approached, he looked not to me but to the candy jar positioned on the rightmost corner of my desk. Seemingly oblivious to my presence, he stuck his oversized hand into the jar and rummaged around until he had retrieved every last piece of choice candy. Mission accomplished, he turned and walked out the front door, leaving me alone with my thoughts and what was left of the candy –

neither of which were particularly appealing.

“Hmph! I would never do that!”

It took about .0000012 seconds for conviction to zap me off of my self-appointed throne and back into reality: Seriously? You would do that — and worse.

Ouch.

Of course I would do worse. I had done worse — much worse. Suddenly, his “infraction” of digging through the Dum-Dums to retrieve the last two fun-sized Snickers seemed so small — which nicely sums up how I felt in that moment.

And that is as it should be when the  infractions of others are viewed in light of my own — when I view others with grace vision.

I was there to “help” people. Oh, the irony. God, in His goodness, reminded me that in order to be of any real “help,” I must live in recognition of my absolute need of His help.

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10

If at any time you find yourself thinking, “I would never do that,” it may be time to think again.

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