Is your pocket buttoned?

A serviceman wrote about a bit of unintended comedy during a company inspection at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, the U.S. Army’s guided missile school.

The inspection was being conducted by a full colonel. Everything had gone smoothly, until the officer came to the man standing just next to the soldier who recalled the incident.

The colonel stopped, looked the man up and down and snapped, “Button that pocket, trooper!”

The soldier more than a little rattled, stammered, “Right now, sir?

“Of course, right now!” was the reply.

Whereupon the soldier very carefully reached out and buttoned the flap of the colonel’s shirt pocket.

For some reason, peculiar to our human nature, it is always easier to see the unbuttoned pockets of others than it is to see our own. Splinters in other people’s eyes seem to be more obvious than planks in our own eyes. “Why do you peer at the speck in your brother’s eye and overlook a log in yours?” (Matthew 7:3).

—Hugo McCord

Thank you, Lord, for helping our self-control with lessons like the one above.

Thought For Today to Brighten Your Day

Glenn, Mercedes & Lauren Hitchcock

Peninsula church of Christ, Hampton, Va.