Leaning on the words of Matthew 7:3-5, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 shares that the next time something doesn’t go your way, think of what role you may have played in this and what you can do to make it better. Instead of finding fault, find a fix.
Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.
He aha kāu e nānā aku ai i ka pula iki i loko o ka maka o kou hoahānau, ʻaʻole hoʻi ʻoe i ʻike i ke kaola i loko o kou maka iho? Pehea lā hoʻi ʻoe e ʻōlelo aku ai i kou hoahānau, E ʻae mai naʻu e unuhi ka pula iki no loko mai o kou maka, a he kaola nō kā hoʻi i loko o kou maka iho? E ka hoʻokamani, e unuhi mua ʻoe i ke kaola mai loko aʻe o kou maka iho, a laila ʻoe e ʻike pono ai ke unuhi aʻe i ka pula iki ma loko o ka maka a kou hoahānau. – Mataio 7:3-5
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye! – Matthew 7:3-5
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Japanese ski jumper Sara Takanashi soared a tremendous 103 meters, providing Japan a great start to the 2022 Winter Olympics team event. This should come as no surprise for she has won an incredible number of medals in world competition, including four World Cup overall titles, seven World Championship medals, and a Winter Olympic medal. Yet instead of celebrating with her teammates, she was apologizing to them because her uniform was two centimeters too loose around her thighs, causing her to be disqualified. The team ended up in fourth place, missing the podium. Four other ski jumpers faced the same fate. What made the difference was that Takanashi was the only to apologize, while others found fault with the ruling.
When faced with something that goes against what you hoped for, do you find fault or a fix? It’s so easy to cry out, “It’s not my fault. I did nothing wrong. It not fair because I didn’t do anything wrong.” In times like this, it might be good to look at yourself first. As our passage says, “first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye!” As I’ve been told before, every time you point a finger at someone else, remember you’ve got three more pointing back at you.
The next time something doesn’t go your way, think of what role you may have played in this and what you can do to make it better. Instead of finding fault, find a fix. That will show a sign of maturity, humility, and honor. And as you do what you can to make things better, may all sides find hope and a new spirit of lōkahi.
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