While visiting my daughter’s home last summer, I noticed that weeds were overtaking her luscious flower garden. She is a busy working mom of two young children, and although I resisted the impulse to mention it to her, I still judged her a little. Any feelings of superiority I had quickly vanished when I watered my yard later that day and discovered an abundant crop of weeds in my own garden.
How easily I may overlook my own flaws yet criticize those same shortcomings in others.
This is especially tempting today on so many levels, both personal and corporate. I know that it is only when I take time for quiet meditation that I notice where my sincere desire to grow in faith, hope and love has become tainted with self-righteousness.
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