I Was Trying To Help…But I Smashed You With A Log

I can inflict a lot of damage at times.

I’m interacting with someone when, suddenly, I notice it. I lean in for a closer look, just to make sure that I’m not mistaken. Is that? Yep, it sure is.

They’ve got a speck in their eye. It may be a tiny speck, but it’s significant. Really significant.

How can they not notice that speck? Are they so blind? Yeah, I may be judging them a bit, but come on, look at that thing just sitting in their eye? It’s nasty, and it bothers me. And they’re not even going to do anything about it!

I need to get others involved, maybe some sort of prayer chain. Or maybe I just need to begin a little corrective action. I’ll pull them aside and tell them how much the speck is bothering me and others. I’ll tell them the truth in love.

Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.

As I turn toward them, eager to help them be rid of the speck, I smash them in the head with the massive log sticking out of my own eye. In my self-righteousness, I end up doing more damage than help. I end up clocking them with my own sin while trying to help them deal with their sins.

Turns out that if I see a speck in someone else, it’s a pretty sure bet that I’ve got a big plank of timber sticking out of my eye. I need to remove the timber first before I even think about helping someone else. If I’m ever going to help someone else overcome sin, I’ve got to do some serious overcoming first.

This should give me pause before I launch into correcting someone else. Have I done any log removing myself?

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? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when there is the log 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 brother’s eye. (Mt. 7:3-5)

Stephen Altrogge

I'm a husband, dad, writer, & Mixed Martial Arts Salsa Dancing Champion. I created The Blazing Center. I've also written some books which people seem to like.

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