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)