Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside yourself. ~Wally (Famous) Amos~
How many times have you seen someone accusing someone else, or ridiculing another, for the very thing that they themselves are most guilty of? How many times have we ourselves done the same thing? Our perception, and what we often see in others, is many times a direct result of how we truly feel about ourselves.
Thought for the day
I can honestly tell you that the character defects that I react negatively to in others and cause me to dislike a person are the very same ones I exhibited for so many years, not so long ago, when I lived life as a baptized pagan thinking only of myself. If we don’t like what we see in someone else, and have the urge to chastise or correct them, it may well pay to first take a good look at our own behavior to make sure we have completely moved away from our past transgressions! Also it might be good to work towards accepting the fact that most people in one way or another are spiritually sick or needy as we have been. You know… the old log in the eye warning. Let’s not be too hard on others when in reality most of us need to work much harder on our own spiritual and emotional development.
But the Pharisees and experts in religious law had rejected God’s plan for them, for they had refused John’s baptism. “How shall I describe this generation?” Jesus asked. “With what will I compare them? They are like a group of children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends, `We played wedding songs, and you weren’t happy, so we played funeral songs, but you weren’t sad.’ For John the Baptist didn’t drink wine and he often fasted, and you say, ‘He’s demon possessed.’ And I, the Son of Man, feast and drink, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of the worst sort of sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.” ~Luke 7:30-35 (NLT)~ For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. ~James 1:23-24 (NASB)~ …The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. ~Luke 17:20,21~