It is so easy to see truth statements in others. I must be perfect! My words never carry a “tone” with them. My actions are always without negative motives. I am never tired. I am seldom angry or curt. Listening is as natural as my body functions. The list is endless.
But. . . When I look at others, their flaws are so easy to spot. Why do they find it difficult or at times impossible to deal with them? Is it too much to ask that they acknowledge their obvious character cracks? Why is it so impossible for everyone to be honest? Is the truth so illusive? Are they as blind as I think they are? Is everyone this dense? If I can see the facts, is it too much to ask that they take the same step?
I know the actions they can take now. Training would help. Listening to, and taking my advice, would clearly be a good first step. The failings are a direct result of their inability to see the bigger picture! I must step in and make a difference. If not me, then who? Someone must do something.
Before you go into too much denial, I would like to suggest that each of us would find at least one moment in the day when we at least think about another's weakness or failure. We will want to, if not actually take, a bold step to deal with the obvious. It will always be in someone else. We defend our actions with the thought that we take care of what we can see. We have this obligation, right!
Actually, we do not have this obligation. From my experience, God rarely asks us to correct or deal with anyone but ourselves. However, I walk in arrogance knowing that I have arrived! I boldly walk on the edge, knowing that I will survive.
Be warned! “Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!” (Proverbs 3.7,8)