Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).
I didn’t see it coming until it smashed against my face, knocked my glasses from my head, and laid me out on the gymnasium floor. When I realized what happened, the ball had been caught and I was surrounded by a group of other kids and the teacher who had thrown the red rubber ball. I loved playing kick ball, but Coach Johnson made a different impression on me that day!
I hopped up off the ground, put on my glasses someone handed me, and through watering eyes pronounced myself good to go. I was a tough wimp and didn’t want anyone in junior high school to think otherwise.
Coach put his hand on my shoulder and said he didn’t see me standing three feet to his left.
The worst blindness is that which we have toward ourselves. It’s quite easy to see the problems in other people because we’re inspecting those people all day long. Times of personal introspection are few and far between.
Jesus asked, Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me remove the speck out of your eye”, and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye (Matthew 7:3-5).