Contronym — a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of another.

The second: overlook (v)

Overlook. To monitor or inspect.

Overlook. To fail to notice or choose not to emphasize

On one hand, I overlook the progress of something, perhaps I keep a close eye on how something is developing. On the other hand, I overlook the failings or shortcomings of myself and others, I choose to not see how something fails to develop!

Too often I find it easier to look closely at how something progresses or fails to progress and keep a record. Rather, I want to develop the ability to overlook the progress of something and look instead to the heart of the person involved. After all, it is the heart that our Father sees.

4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

What about you? Is there anything you need to overlook as you overlook the progress those close to you are making?


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