I was on twitter one day and I saw some tweet this:
“Sometimes the speck we see in our friends eyes is merely a reflection of the plank that is in our eye”
When I saw that, it really hit me. It is not as if what I was reading is a new thing but no one had put it that way before.
One of the strangest things about us humans is we sometimes miss something in ourselves that everyone can see and that same thing we miss in ourselves we find it easier to see in others.
I think this truth is something that should humble us especially when forming opinions about people. It should make us pause and not be hasty in assuming we always know what someone’s motives and intentions are. We can’t always be sure in every situation.
It also should make us pause and do some self examination. There is a quote I saw that comes from “Julius Caesar” by Shakespeare that goes: “…the eye sees not itself but by reflection, by some other things” that is a very profound statement. How does your eye that sees everything else see itself? There has to be a mirror or reflective surface. How do you really know yourself? In proverbs it is written “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects man” (Prov 27:19) and “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45)
It should humble us that we don’t have perfect knowledge into the intents of our own hearts talk less of others. We have to admit that sometimes all we do is project on to others assumptions that might be true things about us that we haven’t really considered and might not even be true about the other person.
It helps to know that sometimes when someone comes at you sideways or indirectly it’s possible that it could be all about them and THEIR unresolved issues and not REALLY about you and also sometimes when you come at someone else it could be exactly the same thing.