Hello Summit Family!
Ouch! What is that in my eye?
I have a question for you. What can cause more damage, a huge tree, or a little twig? This is not a trick question. The answer is simple, a huge tree. Four years ago, Amy and I moved to another house. The previous owner loved trees. Even though it is a small yard, they had planted 15 Leland cypress trees, 2 hardwood trees, and 7 Bradford pear trees.
The 15 Leland cypress trees had to go because the roots were threatening the concrete slab of our house. Now the other 7 trees are so large that our grass is dying, and the erosion of our yard is occurring. Our prayer is that one of those trees does not fall on our house during a storm. A Large tree can do much more damage than a small twig.
This reminds me of a passage in the book of Matthew where Jesus speaks of the damage caused by a large piece of wood vs. the danger caused by a small speck. In Matthew 7:1-5 Jesus is speaking about the awful habit we as humans have when it comes to judging the actions of others. Many times, we are more concerned about a very small problem we observe in someone else’s life and refuse to see the very large issue we struggle with in our life. Many times, the large piece of wood in our eye can cause much more damage than the speck in our brother’s eye.
What’s interesting is Jesus doesn’t say we should ignore our brother’s speck but that we should first deal with our large problem, in order that we may see well enough to then deal with the speck in someone else’s eye.
Here is the takeaway. Be slow to mess with the speck in someone else’s life. Your priority should be to first deal with the large issues in your life. When this is accomplished you will then have the wisdom and eyesight needed to correctly help someone else.
Good luck chopping down that tree.