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.
Blind spots. We all have them. Maybe it’s a particular character flaw obvious to others, oblivious to you. Maybe it’s an unhealthy attitude toward someone or something. Others see it as clearly as the nose on your face. You look in the mirror each day and miss it. Maybe your blind spot is the neglect of a particular spiritual discipline.
Blind spots. They are as dangerous as that area in our car mirrors where we can’t see the vehicle in the next lane. Blind spots keep us seconds away from disaster. Funny how we can see the speck of sawdust in our neighbor’s eye from a mile away but miss the two-by-four sticking out of our eyes even as it clangs against everything in front of us.
In The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions, there is a great prayer about blinds spots. As you pray, ask God to show you the plank sticking out of your eye. It has caused enough damage already.
Lord Jesus, I am blind, be thou my light, ignorant, be thou my wisdom, self-willed, be thou my mind. Amen.
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