Every day a man used to walk by a jewelry store, stop and set his watch by the big clock in the window. One day the jeweler happened to be standing in his doorway. He greeted the man in a friendly way and said, “I see that you set your watch by my clock every day. What kind of work are you in that demands such precision regarding time?”
The man replied, “I’m the watchman at the plant down the street. My job is to blow the five o’clock whistle.”
The jeweler was started. “But you can’t do that,” he said. “I set my clock by your whistle.”
If we set our standards by watching what other people do, we will be in trouble. All human standards are flawed to some degree. Our standard must be God-sent. We discover it in Holy Scripture and especially in the life of Jesus Christ.