I was driving into Los Angeles tonight listening to a message on my iPhone. As I sat at the stoplight, I was staring at all of the people walking in the crosswalk right in front of my car. One guy caught my attention for some reason. Why? He was staring at this other guy that was walking toward him. I sat there and thought to myself, "Why is he staring at him? Dude, stop staring. You seem a little weird to just be starting..." And then he proceeded to talk to the woman he was walking with as he shared his "observations" with her about this other guy. And then it hit me: I WAS STARING!!! I was staring at this guy walking who was staring at another guy walking.
It stopped me. It reminded me how easy it is to stare at each other, looking at the faults of others, rather than looking to Jesus. As long as we keep walking around staring at each other, we cannot fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). We stare at each other to make ourselves feel better about ourselves rather than staring at Jesus who will point out to us how much we truly need his mercy and grace every moment of every day, and who is also more than willing to extend that mercy and grace continuously. So we have a choice: stare at each other and feel better or stare at Jesus and become better.