Where To Place Your Gaze

                 “Who am I to judge another,when I walk imperfectly?”, a line in our church hymn asks. Exactly,touché to the jury!
Imagine if we spent our time polishing our character,ironing out our flaws and perfecting ourselves in Christ, instead of criticizing,chastising one another and poring over other people’s business. How great and wise would our time be spent,don’t you think?
As two relevant quotes say, “A flower doesn’t think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” and  “Blowing out another’s candle won’t make yours shine any brighter.”
Ask yourself, “When I call that girl ugly,would I get any prettier? Would insulting that girl’s outfit enrich me with elegance?” Now since you asked yourself,answer yourself as well; authoritatively say, “No,duh!”
               God wouldn’t have created you the way He did were He not absolutely sure that you precisely fit His kind of perfect; He wouldn’t have given you that cute,pumpkin-shaped nose nor that height that you’re incessantly insecure about had He not thought it made you beautiful; He wouldn’t have placed you where you are without making sure that you had what you need to flourish. So focus on your assets and potentials. Appreciate and love the person who stares back at you in the mirror with glimmering eyes. It’s not being narcissistic,vain nor self-centered,no (as long as you don’t overdo it!). It’s caring more about what to fix and/or improve in your perfectly imperfect,flawed self rather than formulating the next scathing remark you want to throw about someone’s outfit or phrasing the incredibly juicy gossip those ears of yours gathered from the mall yesterday.

Scrutinizing other people just goes to show that you find more of them worth gazing at than you find in yourself worth contemplating. Seriously, why would you bother checking out a rotten sandwich holed by worms when there’s a freshly baked pizza in front of you?


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