“The speck in your neighbor’s eye.”
I am going to detour a bit today. I read Matthew 7:1-5 this morning during my prayer and meditation time where Jesus told us that if we judged, we would be judged with that same judgement. That sounds basic enough. He goes on to say that I have no business pointing out the speck in my neighbor’s eye when I have a log in my eye. For some reason, this passage took on a whole new meaning for me. I had this image where I literally saw my eye with a log or large stick protruding out of it. You know, as if I were running in the woods and got stuck by a branch in the eye. I could see myself going to the mirror to try and take it out when I realized that my vision was distorted as a result of this injury. And that is what it is, it is an injury. I saw how my image of myself was distorted and I could not see me the way I really was.
I really got it today that the metaphorical log that Jesus talks about keeps me from seeing myself as God sees me. He tells me that as I judge me, I judge others. As a result, I realized that my mirror image was where I needed to begin. Unless I can see myself clearly, I cannot see others clearly. When I judge myself ugly, ungainly, unworthy or in any other limiting way, I see others in that same way. If I can’t see God’s beauty expressing as me, I won’t see it in others as well. When I remove the log of unworthiness, self-depreciation or rejection, my beauty shines through. I see me as God sees me-worthy, beautiful, dynamic. When I can see myself in that way, I automatically see others in the same manner because my vision is clear. So, today, when I look in the mirror, I am purposefully taking the log out so I can see myself as God does.