Hard to Get at Places
A few moments ago I passed a man and woman standing outside of a funeral home. What grabbed my attention was what they were doing. The man, dressed in a suit, was standing arms out, legs spread, while the woman was going over every inch of him with a lint roller. She was helping him get those hard to reach, impossible to see places that had unwanted crud and debris.
As I reflected on this humorous scene I thought about the importance of having people in our lives we can trust to help us find the unwanted grime we might have difficulty spotting.
I once knew a man who was great at seeing the mess in other peoples’ lives but seemed to be unaware of his own shortcomings. He was unwilling, even when others pointed them out, to see or accept their critique and perceptions of his hurtful behavior and caustic personality. His stubborness and willfull ignorance drove me crazy! Then someone I trusted showed me how my bias towards him was polluting my own spirit.
Being humble enough to admit we need others to look us over and find those hard to reach, hard to see areas which need cleaning takes maturity and vulnerability.