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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Embrace YOUR Problems

That Nazarene guy said some pretty important stuff, but some of it is hard to grasp because of archaic translations. Take this one:

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
(From Matthew Chapter 7)

He's talking about a nearly-universal human tendency to focus on the problems of other people while ignoring our own.

Why do we do this? Are other people's problems more attractive than ours? Or maybe we find our own problems too intimidating. Or could it be that we don't want to change?

Anyway, take his advice. Own your problems, embrace them, and get to work on them. If we spent half as much time on ourselves as we do carping on the shortcomings of others, we'd probably all be fixed up in no time.

And we'd be happier.

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