Have you seen yourself?

What is the one thing every driver has in common?

We all think every other person on the road is a complete moron.

No one can seem to change lanes properly. No one can text and drive quite as good. And when it comes to driving in the snow, forget it. We share the express way with the most incompetent people on planet earth.

It’s as if someone kicked open the doors to a psych ward and handed out car keys to every late-merging, nose-picking, lane-clogging knuckle dragger they could find.

“Get off the phone and drive, idiot!” you yell to the stranger ahead of you sitting at the green light. “Sorry, what were you saying?” you ask the person you’re on the phone with.

People are so stupid. Think about it.

All bosses are clueless.

Most coworkers are useless.

Every other parent is doing it wrong.

If I were the Pastor…

If only others had my knowledge, my world view, my disposition, this world would be a better place.

Consider this:

  • At some point, on some road to somewhere, a frustrated driver cursed you into oblivion for cutting them off, for chatting into your cell phone seemingly unaware of the world around you.
  • A coworker rolled their eyes as you walked past their cubicle.
  • A good friend thought about how they would have better handled your situation.

Somehow it never occurs to me in the middle of an argument with my wife that as I stare at her, baffled at the foolishness of her opinion, she is staring back at me with the same thought.

Each of us studies the mirror every morning looking for fixable flaws in our outward appearance, and yet we often miss the glaring character stains.

So, where is the disconnect?

The writer of Proverbs offers this assessment:

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21:2 ESV)

In other words, when it comes to me, my eyes lie to my heart, but God knows better.

Even a skeptic would have to admit that the easiest person to lie to is the one in the mirror. When it comes to exposing these lies, to unearthing the problems beneath the surface, I have never found a better diagnostic tool than the Bible.

More than a self-help book or a collection of ancient moral narratives, the Bible is an arrow pointing to a person—the one person, in fact, that has every right to shake his head at the rest of us, and instead stretches out nail-scarred hands.

I believe it acts as a mirror, a mirror that, if looked to honestly, will reveal the ugliest parts of me, not to condemn or embarrass, but to offer healing and transformation.

And eventually this transformation might help me to take a long, hard look at myself before I cuss out the numb skull in my rear view mirror.

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