Earlier this summer, someone mentioned I can tend to have a critical spirit. I have spent much time considering this comment. Time in the Word, time in prayer, time asking others of their observations. What I have learned about myself hasn't been 100% complimentary, but it has been helpful to look honestly in the mirror of the Word and see how far short I fall. This is a subject I hope to do more study on and perhaps share more posts. For now, I leave you with one quote that really struck me. I can't find the original author to contribute it to, so I will simply share it here acknowledging that these are not my words. But very good ones. I think if I was always able to picture those I am tempted to criticize as just battered, weary swimmers trying to make it to shore, I would do less head dunking.
“When a battered, weary swimmer tries valiantly to get back to shore, after having fought strong winds and rough waves which he should never have challenged in the first place, those of us who might have had better judgment, or perhaps just better luck, ought not to row out to his side, beat him with our oars, and shove his head back underwater.”