I recall from my childhood hearing the above verse. At the time it seemed to appeal to the nonsensical side of a kid’s nature; taken literally it provided an amusing image.
Later I thought of the analogy mostly in terms of the Pharisees, who were so focused on following the letter of the law that they overlooked compassion for their neighbour.
I have now come to realize that I am guilty of this, too, when I think only of my viewpoint in a particular situation. I fail to see things from another’s perspective, and in so doing, I can greatly wrong them.
I wish I could say that this revelation has helped me to always stop and consider the other person’s perspective along with my own. However, that might not occur until later, and then it is too late. Thoughtless words were spoken, and all I can hope for is understanding and forgiveness.
Forgiving Lord, help me to see situations from your viewpoint so that I may always be fair in my relationships. Amen. — KB