An Examined Life 
He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.'" 
Luke 8:10

One day a nearsighted elderly man who considered himself an art expert visited a museum.  He'd forgotten his glasses and couldn't see clearly, but that didn't stop him from airing his opinions.

What he thought was a full-length portrait soon caught his attention.  He gazed at it a moment, then began his criticism.  "The frame is altogether out of keeping with the picture," he complained, "The man is too homely and shabbily dressed.  In fact, it was a great mistake for the artist to select such a shoddy subject for his portrait."

He continued until his wife managed to discretely pull him aside. "My dear," she whispered, "you're looking in a mirror."

It's important to examine your life, but be sure you're using the only mirror able to both diagnose and heal-the life and Word of Jesus.

The best mirror is an old friend. -George Herbert (1593-1633)  

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.