Lately, I have done a great deal of soul searching about the condition of my heart--spiritual heart. It has dawned upon me---the only thing I truly have control over is my own heart. This has created a higher sense of keeping my eyes off my neighbor and instead looking within. The issue is not what my neighbor may be doing, but instead how I am reacting to my neighbor. You do realize, I am speaking figuratively when I speak of neighbor as anyone other than myself? Human nature seems to be looking for someone beyond ourselves to blame, criticize, or judge when we have no control of the actions of others. So my pat answer when someone brings up the short comings or faults of others, let's work on our own hearts.
Short-concise-to the point.
POST SCRIPT--I read of a 24 day challenge on-line which I have begun and encourage you to do also. Every day during December (you are only one day behind) you read a chapter in Luke. The last reading will be Christmas Eve. A wonderful reminder of why we celebrate this blessed season! I hope you will try it.