Wednesday’s Word: Specks, Planks, Sand, and Rocks

Kids have a keen sense of fairness. Ever noticed that? On my school playground, kids get so wound up about someone else who isn’t playing fair or following the rules that they fail to notice that they themselves have broken at least as many rules in order to bring the culprit to justice (or to the recess teacher, who they dearly hope will take their side).

Just today, a little girl was clearly in violation of the principal’s announcement that the field was off limits due to all the rain–she was all the way across the field. When she came running after I blew my whistle several times, I asked her why she was on the field. Very indignantly, and full of righteous anger, she pointed to a kid still on the far side of the kickball field and said, “I was TRYING to get him OFF the field!”

Jesus seems to understand this very human tendency all too well. In today’s passage from Luke 6:37-49, Jesus makes it perfectly clear that we need to be more concerned with our  OWN misdeeds than those of others.

The image was found on

For friends new to this blog, “Wednesday’s Word” is a weekly Bible audio clip that rotates between Genesis, Luke and Psalms. Occasionally, I post “Wednesday’s Word to the Free,” a short Bible passage on what it means to be free. Freedom is a very big concern to Timley Mouse, the tiniest character in my upcoming novel, Bon Voyage, Sophie Topfeather!

On Sundays, I post an article-type post on themes in the novels: faith, friendship, diversity, etc.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to send to someone else who might enjoy posts like this one.

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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2 Responses to Wednesday’s Word: Specks, Planks, Sand, and Rocks

  1. BJ says:

    Funny, I just made that picture recently and its popping up everywhere already. Great post btw.


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