O Lord, I was talking with a person the other day who had a blemish on her face. It wasn’t a very large blemish, in fact it was a very small one.
However, I found myself focused on this one very small imperfection. She had a beautiful face but all I could see was this minor blemish. Her imperfection drew more of my attention than did the rest of her beautiful face.
I went away thinking about that small, insignificant flaw in her appearance as if that flaw somehow defined who she was. I had missed the rest of her beauty because of my fixation on her blemish. It was almost as if her beauty didn’t exist at all for me because I was so interested in seeing something else. I destroyed her beauty because of my own very narrow and critical perception of her.
O God, why do we do this to one another? Why do we slay the beautiful and ignore the wonderful in the people we meet each day? What arrogance in us drives us to define the people we meet in the basest of terms instead of seeing your divine image reflected in each one of your children?
Please, dear Lord, give me a better eye to see the best in everyone I meet. The next time I find myself tempted to be critical of someone’s face or character or appearance, please hand me a mirror.