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Monday, November 9, 2009

The Plank in the Road

The other day I was on my way back from Starbucks gettin' my fix. I ran out of my vitamins about a week ago and coffee has been taking their place until I get my shipment in. I know... terrible trade out!

So, I glance over to my right and I see a woman eating a taco of all things while driving. I mean she's got the whole head turn thing going so as not to loose anything as she takes a bite. And then, I kid you not, she reaches down to take a swig out of her drink that is sitting in the dash cup holder - with taco still in hand. And then... yes there is more... we come to a light and she grabs her cell phone and so now she has the cell phone in one hand while eating the taco that is in the other hand. The light turns red and she cradles the cell phone in her neck to keep talking, takes a bite of taco and starts to reach for her drink. (I'm not entirely sure that her knees weren't what was keepin' hold of that steering wheel).

At that point, I holler to one of my darlings in the back of the Suburban to "look at that woman", and as I begin to point in her direction, I fling a piece of muffin, that was in one of my hands, across the front seat and begin to reach for my cell that is ringing.

Hmmm... what was that scripture about the plank in the eye? Ouch!

"And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother's eye."
Luke 6:41-42 NKJV

If I'm being honest, sometimes I really don't like this verse. I don't like looking in the mirror and seeing the sins that I carry and faults that I need to work through.

But, look I must.

Because, if I don't, that blasted plank will remain there and hinder my witness in Christ to my fellow sisters.

So, next time you are driving down the road and see that gal with breakfast in one hand, coffee in another, talking into her headset while jugglin' the steering wheel.... don't point and wag your "no-no" finger. Instead, pray for her... and then peek in the rear view mirror and see if there is anything hindering your view.

Oh, and if your in Texas and see that gal; pray a little harder - it's probably me... still working on juggling that plank!

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Blogger Denise said...

Woo Hoo, amen sis.

November 9, 2009 at 1:05 AM  
Blogger Chelsey said...

Thanks Denise! :)

November 9, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Pen Pen said...

whew... i almost thought it was me eating that taco, until you said she picked up the cell phone. I'm not THAT talented. LOL

November 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Julie@comehaveapeace said...

What a great modern day illustration of that truth!

November 9, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Freddae' said...

Oh I sooo agree with you! Grace first, grace first, grace first!!!! Being good Christian sisters is not about judgment but grace, love, mercy and guidance. The best sermon given is the one lived...what is your life saying? Excellent devotion. Thank you.

November 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Laurel@FromMyHeartToYours said...

Thank you for this (as I listen to a sermon on another window, browse the cafe and try to teach 1st, 5th and 7th grades this morning)! Beautiful reminder.

God's been speaking to my heart about love, grace, mercy, love - did I say LOVE?! I posted my last post in a series on the ways God it teaching me to move from emotion, into faith and

November 9, 2009 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Very good...can sooo relate to this!

November 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Very good post! I am guilty of the plank thing too... :)

November 9, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it!

November 9, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

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