If we are candid, each of us could probably share a time when we were bugged, disappointed, or flat out offended by the actions of another person within our faith. A Bishop misspoke. A Home Teacher or Ministering Brother let us down. A Ward member misspoke. Or, to the extreme, someone did something criminal against us or against a loved one. This parable is so important to remember when people at Church let us down.
A lady went to her Bishop and said ‘Bishop, I won’t be going to church anymore.’ The Bishop responded ‘But why?’ The lady said ‘Well, I saw a woman gossiping about another member; a man that is a hypocrite; people looking at their phone during the sacrament; among so many other things wrong in the church.’
The Bishop replied ‘OK. But before you go, do me a favor: take a full spoon of water and walk around the church three times without spilling a drop on the ground. Afterwards, leave the church if you desire.’ The lady thought: too easy! She walked three times around the church as the Bishop had asked. When she finished she told the Bishop she was ready to leave.
The Bishop said, ‘Before you leave I want to ask you one more question. When you were walking around the church, did you see anyone gossiping ?’ The lady replied ‘No.’ ‘Did you see any hypocrites?’ The lady said ‘No.’ ‘Anyone looking at their phone?’ ‘No.’ ‘You know why?’ ‘No.’
‘You were focused on the water, to make sure you didn’t stumble and spill any. It’s the same with our life. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we don’t have time to see the mistakes of others. We will reach out a helping hand to them and concentrate on our own walk with the Lord.’”
At any ward, there are going to be things to complain about. A church is filled with people, and people aren’t perfect. Only Jesus can set the perfect example, so we must set our focus on Him! (See Ephesians 4:29– and also recall that Peter began to sink in the water when he took his eyes off of the Savior). Such a good principle to remember.