It’s practically cliché to note that telling other people how to correct their faults seems a lot easier than overcoming my own shortcomings. Actually, there’s a good, logical reason for that.
Jesus told his followers to remove the log from their own eye before trying to take the spec out of someone else’s eye. A log is big, heavy, and cumbersome. Moving one is a chore that requires a great deal of work and some assistance. A spec, however, is easily brushed away.
To help others, I must first realize that my own needs are great. The support and aid of friends is essential if I ever hope to rid myself of the obstacles that obscure my vision. Only then am I able to return the favor … even a small fraction of it.
(Thanks to all those who are part of this process in my life. And special thanks to Linda, whose insight sparked this entry.)