Monday, September 20, 2010

The Speck Inspectors

A man and wife pulled into a full service gas station to refuel their car. As the tank was being filled, the station attendant washed the windshield. When he finished, the driver stuck his head out the window and said, "It's still dirty. Wash it again."

"Yes, sir," the attendant replied. After he cleaned it a second time, the driver said, "Don't you know how to wash a windshield? It's still filthy. Now do it again!"

The attendant scrubbed the windshield a third time, carefully looking for any messy spots he might have missed. By now the driver was fuming. "I can't believe you are so incompetent that you can't even do a simple job like cleaning a windshield! I'm going to report you to your boss!"

Just then, his wife reached over and removed his glasses. She wiped them clean with a tissue, then put them back on his face. And it was amazing how clean the windshield was!

A person with a critical spirit is a speck inspector. Jesus said, "And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own?" (Matt. 7:2) A critical person always finds things wrong with others because he's looking through the dirty glasses on his heart. God wants us to remove that mean-spirited attitude that picks others apart. But how?

By increasing our love for others. When our compassion decreases, our criticisms will increase. But the reverse is also true. When our compassion increases, our criticisms will decrease.
To hear the entire message on this subject, go to
"Destructive Attitudes pt 5: Criticism"
Keep looking through a clean heart!