Then I understood. She was inspecting everyone’s shoes as they passed by. As she bent down and looked closely at their shoes, the people walking by also looked down at their own shoes. I’m sure many passersby asked themselves, “Do my shoes look bad?” Her tactic was brilliant. Instead of calling attention to her shoeshine business, she wanted them to examine their own scuffed-up shoes. She didn’t tell them their shoes needed to be shined, but wanted them to see it for themselves.
Many people spend their time finding faults in other people, but it’s more important to look inside ourselves for faults that need fixing. We are to examine ourselves before we partake of the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11: 28). We are to examine ourselves to make sure we are in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5). David asked God to examine him to see if there was any hurtful way in him (Ps. 139:23-24).
Why? Because we are blind to our faults and we cannot make any positive changes until we take a deep, hard look inside. The light bulb must come on inside our heads and we see for ourselves what needs fixing.
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