“Father God, thank You that Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, reminds us that if we’re spotting anything in them we don’t like, we’re ‘gotting’ that same anything in us. And it’s more ‘gotting’ in us, for ‘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?’ (Matthew 7:3). When we are spotting and ‘gotting,’ we are judging! It takes guts to stop the spotting and ‘gotting’ and just quit judging and let others live as they desire to live, so we can live as we desire to live. When all is said and done, it won’t be about how THEY lived; it will only be about how WE lived. So, let US live the way You desire us to live, Father God, through Jesus Christ. And if I had to take a wild (and maybe not all that wild) guess about how we are to live according to You, Father God, it would be living for loving. And yet so many of us, including myself, have the hardest time living for loving others. Maybe it has a lot to do with the fact that we spend way too much time spotting and ‘gotting’ and spend way too little time living for loving. Yes, if ‘God is Love’ (1 John 4:8), I think that’s a pretty not-so-wild guess.😉 On a more personal note, Father God, the eyes have it when it comes to BOTH Your humans AND nonhuman animals. The eyes have it when it comes to looking in BOTH their eyes, seeing their longing to love and live free (BOTH), and extending love, compassion and mercy to BOTH. There is just no other way than this when Your Eyes, Father God, have it this way. I pray all of this in the Wonderful and Precious and Growing/Maning Up Name of Jesus Christ, and this prayer is answered by my faith and my belief. Please help me, Father God, where my faith and my belief are lacking. Amen.”
(God’s Sonnet by Timothy J. Verret; “it’s how I cope to hope in no time spotting or ‘gotting’ but just loving this daily leavened [Jesus’ Eyes!] bread.”)
What you’re spotting in them, “gotting” in you.
What they aggravate in you, what is yours.
When you roll your eyes at them, eyes construe:
“Speck in theirs, plank in mine,” for eyes of 4s.
What I’m spotting in them, “gotting” in me.
“He’s in denial!” Oh oh! So am I!
I long to live “gotting” as one gutsy.
It takes guts to speak to spotting, “goodbye.”
“When you’re spotting, you’re ‘gotting,’ yet more so,”
says Jesus. “Remember: Them speck, you plank.
It’s bigger in you, and you need Me ‘grow.’
Grow up and man up when you got their swank.”
Growing Up for God is judgment we quit.
If we’re spotting it, then we’re “gotting” it.