CAST the beam out of your own eye
There are three girls I work with who complain about everything. Literally. There are too many people working, there are not enough people working, the menus aren’t in order, the food is taking too long. Their first response to any situation is to find what’s wrong with it and make everyone else aware.
This constant complaining is beginning to wear on me. It’s making a fun job into something that can, at times, create quite the amount of negative energy.
When pondering how I could cast the beam from my eye, I quickly found that this was the perfect starting place.
What I’m going to do is, whenever I begin to feel a negative emotion or judgment building within me toward those girls (or anyone else for that matter) I’m going to take a step back and examine it. I am going ask myself what divine qualities can I recognize in this person? Also, do I sometimes do the same thing myself?
I’m going to “purify my own eye” and then, if it seems like the correct action, I’ll speak to that person in private, lovingly, to find a way we can both grow from the situation.
Jesus’ full instruction is: “First, take the log out of your own eye. Then you can see how to take the speck out of your friend’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 (CEV) This is clearly a two-part instruction. We’re supposed to be helping others see clearly too - but only after purification has made us the right messenger.
Now that’s a RADICAL ACT. Join me if you will!
Justin Belote, June 2012
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