Out of the Mouths of Babes…

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Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Luke 6:42

Trenton spent a few days with us this week. He eyed my new set of coloring pencils and art paper with excitement. A few months ago I purchased these pencils and paper supplies for my own artistic outlet. I love creating designs and coloring. It’s kind of a stress outlet that I discovered this past year. The pencils are very nice and cost more than the cheap Walmart pencils.

I gave Trenton his own book of art paper and opened the pencil trays. It was a bit awkward trying to take the pencils out of the tray, so I turned the tray over and dropped the pencils on the floor in front of Trenton. Now he could easily pick them up. We drew and colored for a bit…him on his paper and me on mine. He became interested in what I was creating and stood up to get a better look. He took a few steps and, “Crack!” He stepped on two of the pencils and broke them in half. My response was immediate. “It’s ok! I’m not mad. I know you didn’t break them on purpose.” I didn’t want him to think I was angry with him. I also wanted to teach him forgiveness. However, his response was far from what I was expecting! “Well, Grandma, if you hadn’t dumped them out in the middle of the floor, I wouldn’t have stepped on them.”

How often do we so quickly see the faults of others without first seeing our own faults?!  I had only seen my grandson walking carelessly across my pencils without considering the mistake I had made of putting them on the floor to start with.

“Lord, when I am offended or hurt by the thoughtless acts of others, help me to look first at myself.”

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