Mary Salone was a bright young woman who cared deeply about her public image. She would do whatever she had to to keep people from assuming her life was anything below great. Everyone knew she wasn’t shy about voicing her opinion about other’s and their lifestyle, since her’s was so “perfect.” Mary always traveled solo because people were too nosy and sneaky to be in her space. No one had ever been invited to her home and popping up was out of the question. Oh, how everyone hated the way Mary walked around with her designer clothes and shoes looking down her nose at other people as if they were the ground she trotted on daily. One day, Mary Salone was invited to speak at a convention in her city and she was thrilled to be amongst such prestigious members of the community. Everyone will be talking about this event so I must bring my “A game” she thought. She spent weeks preparing her speech and she even went out and bought a $900 designer purse to use as a prop during her speech. The day finally arrived for Mary to make her speech that would wow the crowd and grant her much favor with the individuals in the room. Several news reporters were on the scene as well as photographers. There were two large screens on each side of the stage for onlookers to have a closer look at what was taking place. Mary felt like a star as she worked the crowd and it was finally time to use her expensive prop. She held the purse up for everyone to see, then she placed it on the podium to pull out a surprise. As she unzipped the purse two large cockroaches crawled out and one flew in her hair. Dancing around on stage frantically to remove the roach, she tripped and fell from the stage, hitting the floor with much force. Mary was so embarrassed she laid on the ground purposely giving the illusion she was unconscious just so someone would carry her out because she was simply too ashamed to face the crowd. Needless, to say everyone was talking about that conference for months and she made the news headline.
I have learned that there are plenty of Mary Salone’s in the world…walking around judging others as if their house is squeaky clean when in reality they have ROACHES!!!! Make sure you maintain a clean house before you cast judgments towards other people. And if you are fortunate enough to have a clean home, be a blessing to others by teaching them how to clean up their lives and maintain a clean lifestyle.
Matthew 7:3 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?