That “Golden Rule” is still relevant today. Do unto others as we would want them to do to us. Kindness never goes out of style. Criticizing others while still having a lot to work on in ourselves is simply hypocrisy. My mother-in-law came up with an interesting idea as a reminder of this. She had a small stone and wrote the number “1” on it–as in, anyone who is without sin, throw the first stone!
Here is this Saturday’s inspiration and admonition…
“We make excuses for our own behavior,
but when someone else
does the same thing we do,
we are often merciless.
In other words,
the very same thing
that we judge others for,
we do ourselves.
Doing unto others
as we want them to do to us
(see Matthew 7:12)
is a good life principle
that will prevent a lot of judgment and criticism,
A judgmental mind
is an offshoot of a negative mind–
thinking about what is wrong
with an individual instead of what is right.
**Be positive and not negative!**
Others will benefit, but you will benefit
more than anyone else.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
Oh, how easy this is to do – point out faults in someone else, yet they are often are OWN faults that we can’t see or won’t acknowledge. Yet, that’s probably why they look so familiar to us! In psychology, it’s called projection, a defense mechanism by which we deny the existence of our own faults and unpleasant characteristics, and assign them to and see them in others.
We sometimes forget other people don’t like being reminded of their faults any more than we do–and it’s always important to practice that “Golden Rule” of “Doing unto others as we want them to do to us.”
So what are YOUR thoughts today?
Do you ever wonder why certain traits in other people make you so annoyed, only to realize you have struggles in the same areas in your life?
Do you regularly strive to implement the Golden Rule?