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My husband is the chef extraordinaire in our family, but I started to wear the chef hat more due to his increasingly busy work schedule. I don't particularly love cooking, but I do enjoy seeing my family fed and full. The other night, I donned my faithful apron and whipped up a family favorite. It's not easy to make, but simple enough to create it successfully and add a fancy garnish. Frankly, I was delightfully surprised by how tasty it was. I guess I didn't expect my culinary skills to kick in. My kids devoured the soup like it would be their last meal and then even had seconds. The ultimate test would be if my husband not only approved of it but welcomed more. So when he returned home from work, he ate to his stomach's content and even had another serving. Yay! A double win moment for me!☺ A funny incident occurred while my kids were eating. My daughter was having a conversation with her brothers, and while she was speaking, I noticed something between her teeth. I didn't want to interrupt her and tell her some garnish became wedged in her teeth, but I chuckled whenever she opened her mouth and displayed her new embellishment. After dinner, we all went on with our evening schedule. After I cleaned the evening dishes and straightened up the kitchen for the next day, I went upstairs and started my evening routine. I began by washing my face and then proceeded to brush my teeth. I opened up my mouth to insert the toothbrush, and, to my humiliating surprise, I, too, had something glaring back at me. I had a twin moment with my daughter, a "green" tooth. To my embarrassment, I was sportin' a new style between my two teeth like a jack-o'-lantern during Halloween. The joke was no longer on my daughter but on me—double fail moment. It may be easy to recognize what's wrong with others, but don't be surprised to find the same issue with you first. I heard a psychologist once say it's easy to identify specific problems in others because you, too, have the same issue, and that's why you can recognize it so quickly. Let's first and foremost be quick to conduct a self-inventory and be slow to evaluate "others inventory." "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." - Matthew 7:1-5 ESV

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