All Flawed

But we know that people are complicated and have a mixture of flaws and talents and sins. So why do we pretend that we don't?

— Jon Ronson —

I’ve shared this story before…

There was a math teacher who wrote the following equations on the board for her students to memorize:

1 x 9 = 7

2 x 9 =18

3 x 9 = 27

4 x 9 =36

5 x 9 = 45

6 x 9 = 54

7 x 9 = 63

8 x 9 = 72

9 x 9 = 81

10 x 9 = 90

When she turned around from the whiteboard, she noticed most of the class was snickering and whispering to each other.

She then said, “This is a great lesson for you. I’m assuming you all got hung up on the first equation, which was incorrect, and that prevented you from looking at and understanding the other nine equations.”

She said, “This is how it often is in life and with people. We get hung up on one error a person makes and fail to see all the correct “equations” they’ve made in their life.

Fact #1 – We live in a very judgmental and sensitive world.

Someone says something out of ignorance, and we cancel them.

Someone says something that doesn’t align with our thinking, and we judge them.

Someone votes for a different party than we do, and we assume something is wrong with them.

Someone interprets the Bible differently than we do, and we shut them out of our life.

Fact #2 – We are all flawed.

Fact #3 – When we look for the good in others instead of their flaws, we realize that most people are inherently good.

Luke 22:34, “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.”


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