A Speck

I wrote this in July 2013.

What a Speck

The Milwaukee Center on Milwaukee's RiverWalk

The Milwaukee Center on Milwaukee’s RiverWalk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, I saw sinners everywhere I wandered—
And I was out with a purpose!—
And I was astounded,
And I was thankful for who I am.
On the bus early in the morning, there were drunks,
And druggies, I’d say.
Thank God, I am clear-minded and ready at dawn.
I’m facing my true self, and I thank God:
I like what I see,
And I see so clearly.
I know my sins, but I see them clearly;
They are so small!
I see people frittering their time.
Piercings annoy me and I know they can’t be right.
These tattoos cannot be there for good, and what costs do they add to what worth?
Did you see that fight by the school?
That violence is crazy bad; I see children risked each day.
Wasted resources are all on display too.
Elders, left alone and dying alone, where is their respect?
So much hurt and so much lost, where are disciples serving?
All around me, folks are finding shortcomings.
I found mine long in the past.
I have skillfully examined my faults,
And I have weighted them well,
And I care not to judge.
This traffic jam up ahead: Why are so many people driving?
Can’t they car pool or bus it?
Look at that man’s gold watch! What could I buy with that?
I have excused myself over and over today.
Ah, ah, out speck!
Let me not be an excuse! Let me forget to judge instead.
Where have I been that so clearly I see,
And yet I cannot see all that is there? Is it in me?

© Tom Bolton, 24 July, 2013, Milwaukee, on the Grand Avenue

Contemplating Matthew 7:3—AGAIN!

“So why do you see the piece of sawdust in another believer’s eye and not notice the wooden beam in your own eye?”

OUCH.

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About Tom Bolton

I'm a Husband and Dad, an Enterprise Systems Manager at the City of Milwaukee, and a Disciple and Lay Servant at First United Methodist of West Allis. I love working beside young people. As I study the Bible, sometimes I feel moved to work through my understanding by writing poetry. I also am going through a process to discern my calling, and to learn more about Christian Leadership. Sometimes I just feel like writing about something that grabs my attention too.
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