We all have blind spots. Flaws or personal weaknesses that others can see, but are oblivious to us. I was reminded of this fact over the weekend. I raise honey bees and last weekend it was time to harvest the honey for this season. I gathered my tools and suited up, but I didn't have someone check my suit to make sure it was secure like I usually do. As you might imagine, the bees, though pretty docile and easy going most of the year, took exception to the fact that I was stealing some of the honey they had worked so hard to create. They became more and more excited as I removed frames of honey, but I just calmly worked, "knowing" that my suit would protect me.
It was then I noticed that a large number of bees had somehow breached my safe barrier and were inside the hood and face shield! Before I could get away from my hives and remove my suit, the bees had expressed their displeasure with me numerous times about my head, face and neck.
As I sit writing, my face is swollen, and my whole head itches. And to think, all of the pain and discomfort could have been avoided if I had only let someone else check me out from their perspective and point out the opening in the zipper that I was unable to see.
In the 6th Chapter of Galatians, the Apostle Paul tells the church that if they see someone in sin, restore them gently. It's another of our responsibilities and a benefit of living life together. When we point out a weakness in a loving way, without judgment, we are helping our brothers and sisters avoid the hurt that always results from sin. It's a privilege and a responsibility that we have toward one another. I am so thankful for those in my life who care about me enough to point out the flaws and weakness and help me avoid the pain of sin.
If you would like to gather with others who have your best interest at heart I encourage you to come join the CRT for a run/walk this week. This week we will not be meeting on Wednesday or Sunday due to some schedule conflicts. On Saturday, we will meet at Clearwater trail at 9 am. I hope to see you there.