Mr. Information

by Berni Dymet

Luke 6:41,42 Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

The other day I’m walking through a supermarket on the way from the train station up to our office.  Now as they often do, they had an “Information” man – you know, they have an Information sash, and their job is to help people find things in the supermarket.

So, I looked at him.  He was slouching, he was disinterested.  His shirt was grubby and wrinkled and not tucked in properly.  The only thing he was interested in was leering at the young women as they walked past.  To tell you the truth, he’s the last person I would have gone to for information.  Really!

But I wonder sometimes if you and I aren’t tempted to live our lives a bit like that.  It’s obvious to everyone that we don’t have our acts together, yet we’re trying to shell out advice to other people.  It’s a bit like having a log in our eye, but trying to help our neighbor get the speck out of theirs.

There’s a name for people like that.  Jesus used it.  He said – “you hypocrite.”  

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