Maybe, Just Maybe…

95/100 #SoWillI #Inspired

There are preachers I couldn’t stand some years back; some of them were too loud for me, some were too dramatic, some were too slow and some were not making sense at all. Things always got more complicated when I met anyone who supported my sentiments. I would say, ‘I cant listen to this one, he is all over!’ and they would justify by saying ‘me too, I find him annoying! and very loud too’ and I would feel good about myself. Not knowing that maybe, just maybe, I was the problem.

In marriage, many times I have found myself blaming my husband for many things. In our first year especially, I saw so many faults in him. Things he needed to work on to be a better husband. In our misunderstandings, I always ended up giving examples on how well I was doing and how he needs to change a few things. Four years later, I often find myself thinking…maybe, juts maybe…I am the problem here.

As I keep growing spiritually, there are people I have come to love and listen to daily, and I wonder how did I get here? I couldn’t stand this one a while back! Then God reveals to me that I was the problem, I was too rebellious, I was not open to hearing God, I was immature. I judged the vessels, instead of just obeying God’s voice.

Many times we find ourselves finding fault in everyone and everything around us. Oh, I cant stand this one, she is too talkative,’ Oh I cant walk to this one, she is not loyal, Oh I cant go to that church, they are struggling a lot, Oh this man of God is just after money, Oh this ministry is chocking, Oh my siblings are so immature, Oh my lecturer is so stiff’ The list goes on and on. All you need to do is look around you, you will find fault! We are humans , we have weaknesses and faults.

When all we see in people is their faults, the Bible calls it hypocrisy. ‘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?  How 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?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’ Matthew 7:3-5

I have realized that when we focus on removing the plank from our own eyes, then we find ourselves seeing the good in others, we appreciate their strengths, we obey God more easily, we stay humble, we get to hear God more, we become more open to receiving His blessings. But when we gang up to discuss people’s faults, we become blind to God’s direction.

May God help us all, to be intentional about removing our own planks, because maybe, just maybe we are the problem.

~Selah

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