God is constantly teaching me through my role as a parent. I know, I know… My last blog was about parenting. Bear with me.
Kelli and I make a great team and being a parent is a lot more difficult without my wife/baby-mama. Monday through Thursday, Kelli leaves the house at 5:00 AM for work. Which means I have to get our two boys up, ready, and to school all by myself. It was tough for the first few weeks until I applied what I call the “Wooden Plank Principle.”
In Matthew 7:5, Jesus says, “Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Some versions use the word “beam” or “plank.” Simply put, the Wooden Plank Principle is being sure to take care of yourself first.
You may ask, “Isn’t that being selfish?”
Actually, I believe it’s the opposite. I believe there are many areas in our lives where we can focus on our self first and thus be enabled to serve others better later.
Before I applied this principle to our routine, our mornings were a bit chaotic. I would try to get both boys awake, dressed, teeth brushed, lunchboxes prepped, and bags packed while I was also trying to do that for myself. However, when I applied the Wooden Plank Principle and first did everything I needed to do to get myself ready for the day, getting them ready became a much easier, less frustrating, and less stressful task.
Getting the boys ready may seem like an odd place to apply Jesus’ words, but doesn’t the state of our mornings impact our entire day? Isn’t how I talk to my children at 6:00 AM just as important as it is at 6:00 PM? Don’t I have a responsibility as their father to sacrifice my sleep to do what I need to do so I can then clearly see what they need?
Jesus says, “Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”
Let’s think beyond brushing our teeth.
How can you help someone get a reign on their finances when you can’t stick to a budget? How can you bring hope to friends in a crumbling marriage when you and your spouse can’t stand to be around each other? How can you guide someone out of an addiction when you’re not willing to admit that you are addicted to something?
Step one: Get rid of the wooden plank in your own eye.
Step two: Help others find freedom.
We are individually responsible for our own spiritual well being. We must make that the highest importance! We cannot serve others with our best self if we aren’t focused on being our best self.
What are some issues you know you need to deal with right now? What wooden plank do you need to remove from your own eye before you can help others with theirs?
This Sunday, May 20, we will be joining together again to look to our Savior as a church. Before we do, listen to the songs we’ll be singing and examine your own heart.