New International Version (NIV)
3 “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? 4 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? 5 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.
Yesterday my husband and I went for a walk in a near by park. I saw a sign in the park that said the park had been established in 1904. Its a lovely park with many beautiful areas where one can walk or sit and reflect. There is a Japanese garden, a rose garden, a conservatory garden, there is a duck pond, lilac garden, children's play areas and picknick grounds. One can walk through the park in a big circle and pass through all the various park areas. It was a beautiful afternoon here in Spokane that seemed to cry out not to miss it but to take the time to experience it in some way.
|A late bloomer|
|The Geese are fun to watch|
|The Conservatory Garden|
It might be time to stop waiting for others to make changes and get on with you, yourself deciding to be a better, more loving, more forgiving person. You may be surprised what the seeds of kindess planted today my later bloom and grow into. We live in a fast food, disposable society. We want everything now in an instant. If things don't work we throw them away and don't take the time or effort to try to repair them. We need to be careful not to do that with the people around us. Each one is a unique gift to you from the Lord. Yes... even the difficult ones are there to help you to learn patience, tolerance, long suffering or some other character quality that the Lord desires to grow in you. I also realize that it is easy to point out the faults and to be critical of others and to lay the blame upon them for why things are difficult or broken. I can tell you from first hand experience of being very open and honest with the Lord about my struggles that when I vent to him - he is gracious to help me see all the balls that I have dropped and to help me be responsible for the part I have played. He will help you remove the log from your own eye and help you then with humility, compassion, and love to help you remove the speck from the blind spot in the eye of another.
|Even fading flowers are still beautiful|