Matthew 7:1-2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

I hired Wednesday, a young lady to buy my groceries each week while I treated patients in the clinic. On the first day she worked for me, I repeated the entire grocery list to her several times until she smiled and said, “I understand.”

The last item on the list was  four citrons (a citron is a cross between a lemon and a lime).

That evening she returned with all the groceries except the citrons. She said, “The citrons were too expensive for you to buy this week.” Then she handed me $2.30 change.

“How much did the citrons cost?” I asked.

“They cost ten cents, which is too expensive for you.”

Wednesday was a nice girl. I liked her quiet, humble spirit but wondered if she had enough intelligence to subtract ten cents from $2.30.

Then I decided she wasn’t smart enough to do my shopping.

I judged her.   Shame on me.



Matthew 7:3-5 “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? How can you say to your brother, let me take the speck out of your eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Two days later, I was still wondering if I should hire another girl to do my grocery shopping when Wednesday  arrived. She carried a small basin on her head. Then she handed me the container. My mouth fell open when I saw the 13 citrons.

She smiled. “We have a citron tree in our back yard and I wanted to bring you these citrons. They are a gift. The citrons at the market are too expensive.”

I was a fraud, full of shame and remorse.  A plank had been lodged in my eye. I had judged her harshly.

She was the most honest and sweetest girl who ever worked for me. She had my best interests at heart and wanted to save me a dime.

Lord Jesus, forgive me for judging others.


About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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