#880 Jesus on Motes and Beams

Ignore One, Focus on the Other

In our last +1, we talked about lint on the projector’s lens and the fact that, as per Byron Katie, “every perceived problem appearing ‘out there’ is really nothing more than a misperception within your own thinking.

As I imagined us all busting out a nice little cloth to clean up our own lens rather than trying to change things “out there,” I thought of another great spiritual teacher.

He lived a couple thousand years ago. In the land of Galilea. His name was Jesus.

You know what he said?

Well, in our Note on The Jefferson Bible, we flip open to the Bible, Matthew 7:3 where we find this eternally epic wisdom gem: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerst 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.


That’s precisely it.

And, that’s Today’s +1.

See any “mote” in thy brother’s (or sister’s or spouse’s or child’s or colleague’s or…) eye?

Settle down.

Look in the mirror.

Work on the beam in your own eye.

(btw: For curious souls, a “mote” is “a tiny piece of a substance.” Think: Sawdust. A beam? It’s much bigger. Focus on that big thing in your own eye. 🤓)

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