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?
It is extremely hard not to have a critical eye toward people, even people in our own families. We can justify our criticalness by using the excuse, “I am the mom and I need to share with my son/daughter their need for work in this area of their life.” But, moms, we need to be careful how many times we choose to go down that road. Sure, there is a lot to be critical of in our child’s life, but it is because they are just children and they are learning everyday.
The next time you begin to point out an obvious weakness in your child, ask yourself the question, “Would my child see this attribute in me as well?” If the answer is yes, then hit the “pause” button and go work on yourself before addressing the issue in your child’s life. Then, when you approach your child, you can add helpful ideas such as, “ I understand this is an area of weakness, I’ve struggled with this issue myself. Maybe you could try ___________.” This approach will be more accepted by your child and in the process your child will not hear that they are a failure or do not measure up in your eyes, which can be very damaging in your child’s life.
In the scripture, Jesus is giving us all a lesson on our critical nature. We need to be more tolerant of others and think before we speak. As a mom, your job is to guide and direct your child: but remember, a loving tongue goes further than a critical spirit.
Prayer: Father, First of all, thank You for my child. I know and understand that I need to teach my child and discipline their actions throughout the day, but God, teach me how to do that in a loving way. I do not want to be harsh or critical with my children. Instead, I want to be loving in my approach. Guide me as I teach them.
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