I ran across the following writing in my devotional the other day and thought I would share it with everyone. How easy it can be to become critical of others. But God is no respecter of persons and is not that way. Neither should we be.
A little seed lay in the ground
And soon began to sprout.
“Now which of all the flowers around,
”It mused, “shall I come out?”
“Then the little seed said to itself: ‘I don’t want to be a lily, for lilies are so cold and lofty. I don’t want to be a rose, for the rose is rather loud in color, it dies quickly, its edges wilt and it isn’t very practical. I don’t want to be a violet, for the violet is too small, too dark and grows too close to the ground.’ “The little seed was like some people we all know. It was critical. It was critical of everything around it. It found fault with all its neighbors. It didn’t like the colors of some, the perfume of others, the size and shape of others. It had nothing constructive to offer, even in its own behalf. The whole theme of its life was criticism.
And so it criticized each flower,
This supercilious seed,
Until it woke one summer hour
And found itself a Weed!
“There has been only one faultless Person in this world, and He has promised to present all believers ‘faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy’ (Jude 24). Until then, let each believer be a ‘flower’ rather than a weed in this scene of His rejection.” - CMA Church bulletin
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Of if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. (Gal. 6:1-4) Taken from Streams in the Desert, Volume Two by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman