Thursday, October 1, 2009

Casting out beams

This post all came about, as I was pondering someone I know...and then it hit me, it's actually ME not them!

Matthew 7 1-5

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.


3 Nephi 14 3-4
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother: Let me pull the mote out of thine eye—and behold, a beam is in thine own eye?


Well it all started with this Thirsty Thursday Topic, homeschooling in PJ's. Which got me thinking, yes we get up and dressed, showered and ready for the day..and yet is it really ready? If we are going somewhere, then I consider what I look like, a little bit more. WHY? Why am I more concerned with my looks in front of others, usually people I don't even know, and yet not care what those most dear to me see me looking like?


Why do I hang out in my own house in my sweat pants or lounge pants...and yet if I am attending a meeting or going on a field trip, or just simply going out to town or shopping I put on my best face? {ok not my best face, I do usually only go that far on date nights!} But I do seem to consider my clothes, and hair more at these times, than on days when we are just home.


I do think some of it has to do with the ways of the world. However I homeschool, I probably don't follow the world too closely!! Then I thought maybe it's because we are so comfortable with each other, and maybe we are just so use to each other. There's no way of stopping the A's or Papa Bear from seeing me first thing in the morning!! {or there's no way I am going to go that far!!} Yet, my next thought was what am I teaching those around me? They respect me, they look up to me, they hold me up on that high pillar..... no matter what, and why because I am their Mama! If I want my kids to know manners, then I need to show them how, not just scold them how. If I want my children to look nice, then I need to show them how, not make them do it, and me not....that's hypocritical.


Now one major thing I should state here, I am SO NOT talking about walking around in a nice suit or my Sunday Best, everyday. However I should at least comb my hair and brush my teeth...and find some clothing that would be acceptable, to be seen in. Since those who see me on a daily basis, do deserve a little more consideration!

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