Daily Devotion

When the Reflection Is Ugly and the Spotlight is On You

“For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come out to light.” (Luke 8:17)

“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? 4How 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? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and them you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5)

It’s sometimes hard to evaluate yourself or even accept your own wrongs. Many people find it far easier to judge and criticize others than let to slay the monsters in their closets. When you are the type of person that constantly judges and projects your opinions on others, how can you truly expect growth? Learn to stop being so judgmental and sometimes listen to that person’s why. We all have faults, but true growth is in acknowledging them and giving them over to God to remove. When you lack humility to let God fix it, you miss out on true blessings.

You cannot expect growth if you make the entire situation all about you either. The saying “Build a bridge and get over it” is great in that it says you need to look at the problem you worry over and find a way to solve it. You cannot help others by projecting your problems on them nor can you really expect anyone to want to deal with your problems and theirs. Deal with your baggage and drop it off at the laundrymat or cleaners. Let it go…

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

Be encouraged and be blessed in the Lord!

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Marquita B. Priester


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