Ron Goch
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The Man in the Glass

October 29th 2007

In Yesterday’s worship service, Pastor Steve asked each person in attendance if they were looking through binoculars at others or directly at themselves while staring at a mirror.

In other words, do we find it easier to judge others rather than ourselves?

I know my answer would be “Yes.” There are many times I’m picking up the binoculars versus consistently looking in the mirror.

At one point during his sermon, Pastor Steve actually pulled out a pair of binoculars, panned the crowd as he shared what each of us might see and think if we starred at others through the binoculars.  He easily made his point, both verbally and visually.

A gifted pastor and speaker, Pastor Steve has the ability to relate to children and adults alike.  So many times he shares his personal every day challenges, which only makes his lessons that much more relevant to all those who hear his sermons.

Yesterday’s message was a great reminder to look inward before we think about judging others.

It reminded me of a poem I read several years ago called, “The Guy in the Glass,” which was written by Peter “Dale” Wimbrow Sr. that carries the message, we can fool the whole world each day, but we can’t fool ‘the guy in the glass.’

Here’s Wimbrow’s “The Guy in the Glass,” which he wrote in 1934:

“When you get all you want and you struggle for pelf,
and the world makes you king for a day,
then go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that man has to say.

“For it isn’t your mother, your father or wife
whose judgment upon you must pass,
but the man, whose verdict counts most in your life
is the one staring back from the glass.

“He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest.
For he’s with you right to the end,
and you’ve passed your most difficult test
if the man in the glass is your friend.

“You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
if you can’t look him straight in the eye.

“You can fool the whole world,
down the highway of years,
and take pats on the back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.”
Ron Goch,
The Telios Group
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