I was already late! As I drove down the interstate, all I began to see were red taillights. “Not today,” was my first thought. As I took a deep breath, I could see the accident ahead on the shoulder of the road. In frustration, I began to wonder, “If the cars involved are off to the side, why are we still moving at a snail’s pace? Move on!” As I approached the scene, even I glanced for a second. When the car behind me gave an annoying blow of the horn, I glared into the rearview mirror and thought, “Hold on, I only looked for a second.” No need to ask. I know I am not the only one who has been in this situation.
However, it made me think….
Why are we so quick to judge the actions of others, but unwilling to undergo the same scrutiny when our actions are quite analogous? Why is there a surplus of grace available to us but a shortage when others are in need? We must remember our reasoning or logic is not a suitable measure when assessing the actions or inactions of others. No one has ever worn a bracelet asking, What Would (insert your name) Do?
Matthew 7:1-5 gives a simplistic guide for how we should behave, especially as it relates to our evaluation of others. The Living Bible says, “Don’t criticize, and then you won’t be criticized. For others will treat you as you treat them. And why worry about a speck in the eye of a brother when you have a board in your own? Should you say, ‘Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye,’ when you can’t even see because of the board in your own? Hypocrite! First get rid of the board. Then you can see to help your brother.”
I pray this message causes you to at least hesitate before gauging the life or actions of others, whether it is on the interstate, at work, in the grocery line, or at home. Life has taught me that understanding why people do the things they do may never be obtained. Nevertheless, it is most important to remember we could one day find ourselves needing someone to look past our actions. We too may someday need someone to respond to us from their heart not their head.
After all, isn’t that what Jesus did for us?