When I stopped at the traffic lights the other day my eyes began to wander.
I noticed the floor of the car had collected a few more wrappers and miscellaneous disposable items than usual.
So I leaned over to do a quick spring clean, but as I stretched my arm out the lights turned green and I had no choice but to sit back up again and keep moving forward.
As the person in the car behind me suggested, moving forward was more important than focussing on the faults on the floor of my car.
This same principle is applicable to life. So often we can get distracted by all the ‘faults on the floor’ rather than moving forward into the future that God has for us.
It’s especially true that we should not focus on nor be distracted by the faults of others:
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”
Ephesians 4:2 (NLT)
It’s our love for one another that compels us to overlook each other’s many many faults.
But Paul then goes on to put this verse in context, and gives us another reason to overlook one another’s faults:
“For… you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.”
Ephesians 4:4 (NLT)
The quickest way to stop moving forwards is to take your eyes of the future and begin focussing on one another’s faults.
When you stall your vision for too long, all of a sudden you have the excess time that allows your eyes to wander and pick on each other’s many faults.
It’s easy to do, as no one is fault free. We all have a certain level of mess on our floors.
But the key to healthy relationships, a strong life giving culture is not to focus on each other’s faults, but to lift our eyes towards the future so we can keep moving forwards together.
Every now and then we need to take stock and own the mess on our floor. Pull over, open the doors and do some spring cleaning!
But then get back on the road and keep moving into all the good things God has for you!