January 14, 2022

Blind spots

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”  Matthew 7:3

I think we all know about blind spots.  Most commonly are the ones we experience when driving.  It is the area where a person’s view is obstructed in both mirrors and windows.  Other blind spots we can experience in life are spiritual.  They are things you don’t even know that you don’t know. An example of this is when Paul went to Ephesus and asked the disciples there if they had received the Holy Spirit. Acts 19:1-2 says, “And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So, they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”  They didn’t even know there was a Holy Spirit.  That is for sure a blind spot.

Today’s scripture is talking about pointing out other people’s problems when you have your own bigger issue.  Jesus says it’s like having a plank in your own eye and you’re trying to remove dust from someone else’s field of vision.  That plank is causing a blind spot in your vision that you have no idea even exists.  Imagine seeing someone walking around with a plank in their eye.  They would be running into things and hurting themselves and others all the while never even knowing why they cannot move forward in life.  It is really a ridiculous and sad picture. 

The truth is we all have blind spots because none of us can know everything.  That is why we help each other out.  The problem is some of us don’t like help.  We enjoy pointing out where others are missing it, but don’t want to hear about areas where we can improve.  Instead, let’s become people who help one another.  Get yourself an accountability partner that can speak encouraging words into your life and you into theirs.  Make a plan ahead of time to help each other grow and to listen when there may be an area where growth is needed.  Don’t be like the hypocrites of Jesus’ day, decide today to look inward and recognize how you can better love others into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Today I want to encourage you to ask your Heavenly Father to expose your blind spots.  Ask Him to reveal any place you may be missing it in life.  Areas that you don’t know exist, but they are blocking you from moving forward in your walk with the LORD.  Then be willing to listen and ask Him how to eliminate the “spot” once you identify what it is. Thank Him for the grace to grow through the issue and come out on the other side in a position to help others.  Also, consider who you can connect with that you trust to speak gently into your life.  Come up with a plan to personally grow into all that God has planned for you to become!

Today’s scripture reading:  Matthew 7:1 – 6

1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 

2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 

3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 

4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 

5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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