I’m amazed on the rare occasions when I get something in my eye that feels very big to find out that it’s a little speck of dirt or something similar in size. Thus, when Jesus says, “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?” (MT:7:1-5), I can only say “OUCH!” His point is well made about our willingness to judge the small faults of others while totally ignoring our own glaring ones. Clarity of vision is a function of inner seeing as much as a physical function. It takes honesty and awareness to see the truth of both our gifts and our faults and to admit imperfection when we find it in ourselves. And it takes just as much effort to refrain from finding fault with others – but a worthy effort indeed.