What does a speck of sawdust and a plank in your eye really mean?

I was reading that Jesus said, “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?” I asked a preschooler, “What does a speck of sawdust and a plank in your eye really mean?”   He said, “Wow, that means a carpenter forgot to wear his goggles!”

A speck and a log

A speck and a log

I have heard ideas that being judgmental is a form of being human, and we should not look at others without first looking closer at ourselves. All that makes sense. The world would be a kinder place if we would not judge so quickly.  I have never before heard the virtues of a good carpenter wearing safety goggles.

Preschoolers can often give the new twist that can make us think deeper. If we had goggles that would protect our eyes from sawdust and big planks and all the knotholes that carpenter’s deal with, we would be much safer. Goggles would also give us clearer vision. We would be able to see the world without the fear of injuring our eyes. We would be free to look at things that could previously have hurt us or have made us turn away. We would be able to take more chances and be bolder in our moves. We would not blink so quickly and really be able to study what we look at.

We have no real photos of Jesus. We only have artist’s renderings.  Jesus may have had a whole different image if someone would have drawn some goggles around his eyes.

  • What could happen if you really could wear glasses that allowed you not to judge?
  • If you placed goggles on that protected you and gave you boldness, what would you do differently?
  • Do you have someone in mind that you would like to purchase goggles for?

“To judge between good or bad, between successful and unsuccessful would take the eye of a God.”  Anton Chekhov


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