The Old Pot and Kettle

9 Sep
I was recently watching something on TV that caused me a great deal of irritation. I will not go into the details, but the main character on the show became upset with a second character because they did something that the main character does all the time. Then to make matters worst, the main character, in attempts to get revenge, publicly exposed the second character’s secrets when the main character is constantly living a secret life and doesn’t want her secrets exposed. Confusing? Stick with me and I will make it crystal clear.

It is extremely hypocritical and irresponsible to judge someone or accuse someone of something you do yourself. In this show, the main character wants people to love her and accept her for who she is – someone who lives are very unorthodox life; however, she is constantly negatively responding to the flaws of others. I found myself appalled by her justification to publicly humiliate and hurt the second character because she felt betrayed. But then again, that’s how people behave.

Who in your life judges you on a completely different scale than they judge themselves? Who do you know that is so blind to their ways, but constantly picking apart the ways of others? Or is that person you? Are you the one who becomes upset when others treat you the way you treat them? Are you hurt when you get a dose of your own medicine? Why is it fair for you to behave in one way, but unacceptable for others to do the same? 

I can think of several adages about this topic; Pot calling the kettle black, the song Sweep Around Your Own Front Door by the Williams Brothers, Luke 6:41-42, "Why do you notice the little piece of dust in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood in your own eye? How can you say to your friend, ‘Friend, let me take that little piece
of dust out of your eye’ when you cannot see that big piece of wood in
your own eye! You hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye.
Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your friend’s eye" (New Century Version). You get the point.

We have to start looking at ourselves and being honest about who we are instead of always pointing out what’s wrong with others. If the saying, "Birds of a feather, flock together" is true, then more than likely the people who surround you are a reflection of who you are and how you behave. If everyone around you seems untrustworthy, take a good look at yourself. How trustworthy are you really? If everyone around you is fake or phony, what about you? If the people in your circle are losers, promiscuous, materialistic, unproductive, arrogant, prideful, or any other quality you deem as unattractive, what does that say about you?

Check yourself before you check someone else. Work on you before you worry about another. And if someone does something dishonorable to you, before you start going off, ask yourself this question: Am I just like them? 


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