Yeshua says: You see the splinter
that is in the eye of another,
but you do not see the plank in your own eye.

Remove the plank from your eye,
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter from the other’s eye.

(Matthew 7:3-5; I Corinthians 13:12)

So often I fail to “see clearly”. I am so preoccupied with examining and judging that I fail to look honestly at myself.

There may be an ironic twist in this saying of Yeshua and its parallel in the Gospel of Matthew. When I first read this saying, I want to rush to get the plank out of my own eye so that I may “see clearly to remove the splinter” from your eye.

But, the truth is, if I take seriously the call to “see” and “remove” the “plank” in my own eye, the first thing I will discover is that I never “see clearly” enough to remove the splinter from your eye. Splinters are hard to see.

I have so many “planks”. My vision is so often self-serving; my perspective is deeply formed by my needs, wants, demands, and desires.

Paul wrote

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. (I Corinthians 13:12)

I have not yet arrived at “then.” As long as I remain in this present material form, my vision will always be “dim.” I only ever see partially. My perspective is clouded by my conditioning, my experience of life, my choices, and my genetics. Everything I am comes into play to shape the way I see. Every point of view is a view from a point and it is deeply challenging to see honestly the point from which my view has been formed.

The best I can hope for is to work away at the “planks” that obstruct my vision and hope to see a little more clearly. Perhaps, when I live in this kind of self-awareness and honesty, I will find myself much less obsessed with the splinter in your eye with which I have been so preoccupied.

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Today I will seek to be honest, to see myself clearly, to put away as much as possible, the illusions and falsehoods of which I am aware in my life.

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