In this competitive world of performance appraisals, credit ratings and social media ‘likes’ we need a better way to maintain our human dignity. It is too easy to internalise the message that we must be better, must do more – essentially that we are not good enough. Hence the message of this song which I think is from God and which I need to hear too.
The Bible tends to look at the world through a lens of morality rather than self-esteem and mental health. There is a story of Jesus healing a man of his blindness, after the disciples had helpfully enquired “whose fault is it that he’s blind – his own or his parents?” Perhaps the poor man had been asking himself the same question all his life.
Here’s mud in your eye!