I recently finished a 10 week bible study course by a well-known author. I had read her books before, but didn't even know she had a bible study! Week after week we gathered and watched a video of the author speaking on what we studied and then shared the insights we gained from the daily homework.
Anyone who knows me knows I love Beth Moore! I love to delve into her bible study workbooks and am always amazed by what I learn. Even more than that, I LOVE her preaching style! I've heard others say that she's "a little much" for them, but I am so moved by her passion and love of the Lord and His Word!
The study I just finished was not one of Beth's.
I shouldn't have done it, but I compared this other lovely woman to Beth...
and I was critical...
More than once I commented on the speaker's awkward speaking style. I questioned how it was even possible that such a well-know author, who had obviously done many speaking engagements could have so many "flaws" in her communication style.
Then my girlfriend gave me this author's autobiography. It told of a little girl who was raised by a mentally ill mother and locked in a closet for hours at a time. The story went on to describe a young woman who spent hours with a vocal coach, trying to straighten out her speech. As she found freedom in the Lord, she was delivered from much of the hurt of her past - praise the Lord!
Another painful reminder about being judgmental.
'He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness."'
2 Corinthians 12:9
If His grace is enough for me, why would it not be enough for me to extend to others? How sorry I am that I allowed the devil to use a critical spirit to distract me from what the Lord may have taught me.....
or maybe this is the lesson.