We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Ryan Grinnell.
“39 He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.“
Handstand push-ups- I hate them. In CrossFit, we talk about functional movements, but I believe the only time those would come into play is if I fell head-first into a well and had to press myself out of it. Then I would only need to do one. Not 21-15-9 of them as fast as I could.
I can do some strict ones and then I try to kip so I can get more in. That turns into me looking like a big upside down herky-jerky dude who gets stuck halfway up the wall. Anyways, I hate them, but then there’s old faithful- the DEADLIFT. I love them. I love to pick up heavy things repeatedly.
My wife makes fun of me because every time we go into the garage gym she asks me what I’m going to do. My answer? You guessed it, deadlifts. But that’s comfortable for me. And if I’m being honest, it’s because I’m comfortable with them. But am I willing to get out of my comfort zone and build up the skill for HSPU? Nope. That’s my log.
To achieve humility, we have to be freed from pride or arrogance. It’s easier for us to see another person’s faults or areas that need improvement, because it deflects away from our own issues. But when we try to help those who we deem need improvement, they see the log in our own eye. As we walk up to them to help them, we may hit them with it because of our pride or arrogance.
We can come across as “holier than thou” and really do some damage to the relationship. We must ask Christ where the areas are in our live that the logs need to be removed so that we can in turn help others out.
God show me the area where I need to remove the log from my eye. I know I have things that need to be removed, so please show me. I desire to help others, but I want to be restored in order to be more effective. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Write down one area where you realize you may have a log in your eye. Then commit to one week of praying about how to remove it. Watch Christ help you see the ways to free yourself from it. He wants to help. He died for you to be free.
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