I just returned from a trip to Arizona. Having been on many out-of-state (and out-of-country) adventures in the last year, I recognize how every time I make plans that take me out of my routine, my patience is put to the test! With planes to catch, security checkpoints, waiting for this and that, trying to navigate unfamiliar roads and freeways—not to mention how much more intolerant I am of others when I’m stressed. At such times, while I’m hard on others, I make excuses for myself.
Regarding our own shortcomings, we say "I didn't mean to do it;" or "I couldn’t help it; I was under a lot of stress.” But when it comes to other people, we say: “He/she should have known better.” It’s easy to be hard on others. But A. W. Tozer said: “A spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.” Yikes! (Or, in more Biblical parlance, “Woe is me; I am undone!”—Is. 6:5)
Jesus addressed this issue. “How can you think of saying, 'Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye” (Luke 6:42). But we tend to get this “log/speck” thing in reverse! Today the Lord convicts me with these words: “Therefore you have no excuse everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things” (Romans 2:1) Take it easy? I don’t think so.