Yesterday, when I was getting ready for the day, I noticed a spot on my sweater. The stain wasn’t real bad. There wasn’t actual food debris. Rather my sweater was discolored in an area about the size of a nickel.
The spot on my sweater bothered me while I combed my hair (17 seconds) and brushed my teeth (118 seconds).
I contemplated changing sweaters which would have required 38 seconds. This being the winter months, what with static electricity and all, I might have needed to do hair maintenance (4 second) and I was reluctant to invest that sort of time. So throughout brushing my teeth I wrestled with whether or not to change my sweater given that it was bothering me but realizing the kind of commitment a change of clothes would require.
Then a great realization hit me about my internal turmoil over looking at the spot on my sweaters. If I avoided mirrors the rest of the day, the spot on my sweater wouldn’t bother me at all.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:22-25 ESV)