Plank People

“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?” Matthew 7:3

Every now and then we see individuals who come through the doors of recovery who say they don’t need any help, they are just coming to help others. This could have been some of us when we first came into recovery. There are those of us who are unfortunate enough to struggle with only looking at the speck in other peoples eyes and not the plank in our own. We call these individuals “Plank People”.

Plank people tend to have a very difficult time transitioning into recovery. They have spent their entire lives looking outward and never looking inward. Plank people are addicted to specks of sawdust. They have lived so long looking outward that they either never learned how to be introspective, or lost the ability along the way.

Recovery in Christ moves us out of being a plank person. The Christ-centered 12 steps are how we remove the planks that have been lodged in our eyes. Slowly, we begin to stop looking for that next fix of looking for specks and move into looking at our own brokenness. Recovery causes us to shift our focus to Christ internally.

Written by Jackell

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Father God, help me to take the plank out of my eye and stop examining the speck of sawdust in others. Help me to know that I have be focused on my own brokenness and that I am not above or better than anyone else. In recovery, there are no us and them. There is only we because we are all broken and in need of recovery. Amen.

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