Place Your Own Mask Before Helping Others


Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Matthew 7:3

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:5

Yesterday on our Delta flight, the stewardess instructed us to place our own oxygen masks in an emergency before trying to assist others. Why? If we lose consciousness due to loss of oxygen, we will be of no good to anyone else.

Jesus says basically the same thing in the above passage. As humans, we are quick to notice the faults of others while remaining oblivious to our own. After a lifetime of trying to make others change, I realize that my efforts have been in vain. How much wiser to work on myself instead of trying to force change on others. Only then will I be strong enough to help someone else.


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