Last week when we were returning from exercising the dogs, I walked into a tree branch. It was a low branch and I had been distracted by the dog in the garden next door. He was paying no attention to two people walking past his domain with two dogs.
It is not only low branches that can be hazards when we are not focusing. My husband has walked into the clear glass door twice because he didn’t see it. Other invisible hazards include pot holes hidden by a pool of water, holes or spikes in the grass and furniture that sticks out just that little bit too much.
In the Christian life there are also hazards. Some can be avoided if we keep alert, but others are invisible and we don’t see them coming. Recently I made a remark that revealed to me (and probably everyone around) that I was judging another person and looking down on him. Where had that come from? I had been distracted by unimportant things. I realised that my attitude was not what the Lord would want it to be.
It is so easy to slip into sin. Peter tells us to “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NLT)
Lord Jesus, forgive me for judging others. May my attitude be like Yours. Teach me to see others through Your eyes and with Your love. Amen.