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Don't Judge Others

Do you know what a boomerang is? It’s a flat almost L-shaped disc that when you throw it, it comes back to you. It’s pretty cool. But let’s think about it a different way. What if thoughts boomeranged? You’d certainly want to have good and loving thoughts, then. Those good thoughts you send out come right back to you. But what if you send out hurtful thoughts? What if you tell people their faults, point out what they’re doing wrong, blame others for something they’ve done? Will those type of feelings come back?

Jesus talks about this in his Sermon on the Mount, which is paraphrased this way: “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging” (The Message, Matt 7:1-2). Jesus is warning us not to put other people down unless we want to be put down by others.

And since we don’t like being put down, we can make a different choice, a loving choice. We can choose to be kind. We can choose to encourage others. If someone does something mean to us, we can choose not to get upset. We can forgive them. We can try to see things from their perspective. We can look at them with compassion. If we do get into blaming others or saying unkind or critical words, we can apologize and try to make things better. We always have another chance to share kindness with others.

Enjoy this story, Dissolving Motes and Beams with Love, about Allie and Dana who learned a practical lesson about not judging each other.

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