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Easy to See Others Faults

Driving to the office this morning, I noticed a woman driving 65 mph with her face up next to her rear view mirror, putting on her eyeliner!  I looked away and next thing you know she was halfway in my lane, still putting on her makeup.
As a man, I don't scare easily. But she scared me so much, I dropped my electric shaver, which knocked the donut out of my other hand. In all the confusion of trying to straighten out the car using my knees against the steering wheel, it knocked my cell phone away from my ear which fell into the coffee between my legs, ruined the phone, soaked my trousers, and disconnected an important call.  All because of that crazy woman driver!

Talking about others

            Years ago my wife and I recorded many of our family highlights using an 8mm home movie camera. We collected years of precious memories on numerous spools of film, which became antiquated after the invention of video cameras. Some friends living in another state offered to combine all our films onto one videotape. We gladly accepted their generous offer and sent them our films.

            Our friends placed an 8mm home movie camera in their living room to project our movies. They also set up a VHS video camera pointed at the screen and recorded the films while the other cameraís reels turned. They sent the completed videotape to us.

            Cindy and I were anxious to watch the tape of our old movies. We brought out the popcorn and inserted the video into our VCR. But thatís where the fun stopped. As we beheld our old home movie films on videotape, we also listened to our friendsí remarks. They hadnít realized that when they recorded our films, the video camera also taped their critical comments about us!

            When the videotape began, they started making fun of us. As the film continued to roll, their comments turned vicious. With every new scene came a cutting remark or hurtful joke. Daggers entered my heart as I listened to what our friends honestly thought about us. My wife was devastated.

            Our friends looked at us through judgmental glasses. Although they were cordial to our faces, the video recorded the true thoughts of their hearts.

[Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind, But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 12-13]

Do Not Try to Explain Why It Happened

A church member called his pastor and said, "A tornado just destroyed my house and barn."
"I'm not surprised," the pastor replied. "Punishment for sin is inevitable."
"But it destroyed your house too, pastor."
"It did?" said the minister. "The ways of the Lord are beyond human understanding!"
Kent Crockett's Sermon Illustrations,

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