More like Christ

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?
Matthew 7:3

“You missed a spot,” I informed the painter, as I watched him paint my living room. He quickly touched it up, but I’m sure he didn’t appreciate my eyeing his every move. I have a habit of checking on other workers that I hire, and I supervise my husband too. Yet, I don’t like anyone doing that to me.

How blessed I am that God doesn’t point His finger at me every time I slip up. If God judged what I do as I often judge what others do, I would be in serious trouble.

Why do we see the imperfections and failures of others more than our own? Wouldn’t it be better to work on changing ourselves, and let God take care of other people? Let’s be more like Christ and extend to others the grace that He extends to us.

Why, God?

Why do I think that if others would change
Life would be happier for me?
Why do I always judge their faults,
But my own I somehow don’t see?

Why don’t I ever stop to think That if I’d change,
perhaps they might too?
Why don’t I first take a look at myself,
And leave changing them up to You!

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What are some of the specks you look at?

by Frances Pasch

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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: Check out her new Community Page. Follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions ( and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.