A Plank in my Eye

Beachy Beach Love note | December 2018

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3

I was WRONG to speak of it even if I felt like I was right. There are many of my friends that would have entered the refrain and declared my innocence and shake their heads bowed low and saying, yes to my complaint! As soon as it came out of my mouth, it felt not pure, not kind, not living up to my best intentions to find the good in all of God’s kids! When I speak ill of another or complain about what they did or did not do, it does not matter if I feel it to be true, it matters if it elevates. If it does not elevate them, then it is never the correct choice.

My voicing the unfairness of it does not change the past; it does not change my day unless for the worse. It turns out that everything that has happened to me – especially the challenges – have put me EXACTLY where God can use me. It also turns out that all those valley moments propelled me to reach as high as I could. It enabled me to read, to study, to immolate people that have been successful before me. It turns out there is a great big blessing in adversity, and there is peace in allowing God’s kids to be who they are meant to be.

I usually write my love notes the day before our meeting, but for some reason I did not. I usually feel badly if I don’t do it prior to meetings ,but this time it felt right. I now know that God was wanting me to share my lesson of forgiveness and the lesson of looking at my own actions.

This holiday season, you may be around family and co-workers who do not gee-haw (if you are southern you understand this word) with you, and you may have some wreckage of your past that is still present. Let it go! Love them. Honor them!! And if you speak of them, let it be a lovely retort! And if not, say nothing at all.

One of my favorite songs is “When you say Nothing at All” by Allison Krauss. It always makes me think of my precious husband, Hugh. He had a way of living his life this way. He did not say much, but his actions and his ability to do the next right thing rang out loudly!! I hope that this season and forever more, I remember to do that. It is with love and pure intention that I am so grateful for all of my life – yes, all of it – because it is what has put me right here, right now, where I can be of service to my God and to my world. And so it is.

Thanks to all my precious friends, family, work family ,and community for making my life lovely!!!


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