“The Pot Cannot Call the Kettle Black” Dedicated to Granny


The last few days I’ve been reminiscing on how we use to all sit on Granny’s porch during family gatherings. Throughout the conversations you would hear comments like, “don’t take any wooden nickles,” or “The pot can’t talk about the kettle.” As a child I didn’t quite understand the verbiage or what these idioms really meant. Now that I’m older and have grown to understand some things, got a few gray hairs of my own, and experienced this thing called life, I’ve incorporated them into my own expressions. I often tell my students, as they leave for the weekend, “Don’t take any wooden nickles.” They look at me as if I’m a foreigner and don’t quite understand the English language, but the message is “Don’t believe what you know is not true.” There is no such thing as wooden nickles.

My favorite one is “The pot calling the kettle black.” The pot told the kettle in the following poem, found in the school book “Maxwell’s Elementary Grammar”, copyright 1904.
“Oho!” said the pot to the kettle;
“You are dirty and ugly and black!
Sure no one would think you were metal,
Except when you’re given a crack.” “Not so! not so!” kettle said to the pot;
“‘Tis your own dirty image you see;
For I am so clean – without blemish or blot –
That your blackness is mirrored in me.”

Even in God’s word we are reminded in Matthew 7:3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? Remember the tax collector! Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

The moral to this story today is keep your eyes on Jesus and what He’s doing in you. Pray for each other and remember the pot cannot call the kettle black.

Counting it All Joy,
Minister Lucas


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