How is your eyesight?

Brenda Morales’ neighbor is a policeman and shared with her about a traffic stop he had recently made.  It seems the officer pulled over a woman for texting while driving but she vehemently protested saying, “I wasn’t texting, I was on Facebook!” Duh!! (Reader’s Digest, September 2013, p. 60)

In a year when we are inundated with “what the polls say,” I am sensitive to the fact that you can make or manipulate polls to support your message.  USA Today Weekend reflected the result of polled research about smartphone use.  Either way you use the numbers, the message is pretty clear.  The study revealed that 56% of other people are on their smartphone too much.  However, just 17% think they are on their smartphone too much!  That seems to be an innocuous statistic, but it uncovers one of the greatest hindrances we face today.  That is, it’s easy to see the fault in someone else, but our eyesight is pretty poor when we turn to look at ourselves.

Jesus had a few words with regard to our “eyesight.”  In Matthew 7, he stated, “How can you think of saying, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye’, when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?  Hypocrite!  First get rid of the log from your own eye, then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”  (NLT)  Understand, Jesus would not condone whatever sin we might be discussing here, but He knew us well enough to know that we ALL have sin, not just our brother or friend.  Our backyard usually needs some attention before we go looking over the fence!

The admonition?  Keep your eyes on Him and your vision will dramatically increase!  You will be able to see others as He sees them–and, as He sees you!

Hang up the phone and “see”!

Pastor Bob

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