“We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behaviour.” ― Stephen M.R. Covey, The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything
Wow. It’s so true, right?
It’s easy to hold others to a level of accountability and expect them to behave at our expectations at all times. Then – we don’t behave to those levels ourselves.
It’s not that we don’t intend to behave well. We do, we really do.
We have the best intentions. And then life happens and we don’t measure up. We lose our temper. We make assumptions. We believe the lies that the enemy stirs in our mind as truth.
This is especially easy to do with my kids. Kind of like that saying, “Do as I say and not as I do…”
Yep. Been there, done that. Not exactly proud of myself.
It’s a vicious cycle – these expectations we have on others and ourselves.
Here’s what the Bible has to say about our behavior on this #slowitdownSunday.
Matthew 7:1-5 The Message (MSG)
A Simple Guide for Behavior
7 1-5 “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. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
Boomeranging. What an illustration.
God, help me to realize the critical boomeranging before it happens. Help me to change my heart and my thoughts to be those that I would like to receive back. Help me to be the neighbor and friend I want to have.
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