In our fifteen years of marriage, I have silently and sometimes not so silently had mini-fits about the way my husband cleans his sink after shaving.  There are sneaky clippings hiding everywhere.  He’s improved his cleanup process by even vacuuming but those little guys are professional stow aways.

Today, while hovering over my sink, I splashed the last bit of soap bubbles from my face.  I took a look around my own bathroom space.  Not so tidy as I remembered it in my head.  The trusty curling iron was still sitting in the same spot as yesterday.  There was an empty bottle of eye drops waiting to be discarded.  I had cleverly left {over a week ago} a bottle of shampoo upside down so I could empty it into the new bottle.  Then there was the self-soothing piece of Dove Chocolate in a shiny blue wrapper I had put there for a rainy day.  {It’s twin mysteriously disappeared in the night.  It’s wrapper evidence in the trashcan.  hmmmm.}  All of these things just sitting there.  Not to mention the layer of dust and makeup powder.  {gasp}

I glanced over to my husband’s sink grasping for some sort of confirmation that my area was indeed tidier.  The truth was hard to see.  His sink was actually SHINING!  What happened?  All those years of thinking he was the bathroom slob only to realize he cleans his sink with “June Cleaver care”.

It’s so easy to excuse the messes we’ve made in our lives, even to the point of blindness.  Sure there’s a reason why everything was out on my counter.  But I was letting those reasons cloud my perspective of the true reality.

I chuckled a bit as the scripture from Matthew 7:3-4 came flooding to mind:  3And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?

I was so focused on the speck in my husbands sink that I let mine get messier and messier.  What mess are you ignoring in your own life?  What reasons or excuses are you making so you can leave it there?  Are you focused on cleaning up everyone else’s life?  Take a good, honest look at what’s right in front of your face.  It’s a tough perspective…but oh so valuable.