This morning’s verses: so well known that they are not worth reading again.
That was my thought when I saw them. It was only guilt and habit – and a small pinch of curiosity that kept my attention this morning:
Jesus said to the crowds, “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5
But in this book of conversations, God Soft Hands Jesus, GSHJ, still has much to say.
He took me back to memories of recipes requiring “cups” – and here in our home we only have mugs. Tea cups come with tea pots and sandwich/cake plates – all the refinement of yesteryear – for those posh occasions when the “best china” is used. But we don’t live “posh yesteryear” in our home today, and even if we did – “best china” is not the “cups” I see used in recipes. So if it wasn’t “lbs and ozs”, or “kgs and gms” we would pass by that recipe.
Then a few years ago I decided “cups” are no different to small mugs – probably. So instead of passing by, I used the measures given – and imposed my own “cup measure” using our everyday mugs. It was usually one half – two thirds of a mug (depending on how big the mug was). Results were patchy – so the guesswork continued: anywhere between “some in the bottom of the mug” to “almost a full mug”. And results remained patchy. Occasionally the finished article was tasty. But mostly it wasn’t – too stodgy, too runny, to sweet, too bitter … too much “not good”.
And even if it tasted okay – we never knew if it was even close to how it was intended. So – once again – we pass by on recipes with cups.
”Thank you for listening, Paul.”
In this book of conversations, He always has something for each of us. If we allow.