I woke up this morning with a new resolve. I had been spending so much time at the computer working on projects, that I neglected other areas of my life. Instead of working on writing projects in moderation, I felt the need to get the “next thing” done right away. As a result, I felt off-balanced, stressed and frustrated. I must admit, somewhere in the recesses of my mind I knew this was not wise because I worked in a role of helping people take care of themselves; but because of my tunnel vision, I fell into an unhealthy trap.
This shortsightedness reminded me of an old adage, “Practice what you preach.” Sometimes it is easy for a person to give advice to others and neglect that same advice himself. Sometimes it is easy for a person to point out flaws in others when those same flaws are humungous in his own life. Sometimes a person overlooks his shortcomings and magnifies those of others.
There is nothing wrong with advising others (at times), but it would behoove us to take stock of our own lives to ensure that we are living what we are advising. Paul, a believer, said it so eloquently.
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (Taken from the KJV of the Bible.)
So, refuse to be a castaway in life. Make sure the advice you are giving is the advice you are living.