Quit Your Meddling!

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. -Mark Twain

This has always been a fun verse for the critics and naysayers of the world.

In other words, take care of your own problems before pointing out others’ problems. You’ll probably never be able to point to other problems because you’ll never finish solving your own.

It seems such a clear admonition but I’m afraid very few of us put it into regular practice. We like meddling and inching our way into other people’s affairs. But we don’t care to solve our own problems because we don’t think we have many problems to solve. It’s the other person who has all the problems, not us.

Still, we work on our problems first and then we can begin meddling.

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