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Monday, October 3, 2011

Anthony's (monday morning) Sunday school lesson


Last week I started Sunday school class by drawing the below diagram on the whiteboard.
I then read the below passage from the Bible and asked everyone if there was a connection between what was on the board and the verses just read.
Judge not, that you be not judged.
For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged,
and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Some time passed and one student suggested that the arrows represented "Karma."  "If you judge others then others will judge you", she said.  I continued prodding the students until another shared the following,"If you go around judging others too harshly then others will do the same to you." 

CorrectI explained that the concept presented by Jesus is a very important one that we all need to realize.

Look again at the diagram:
There are 2 vital elements that make up the circle. 

1. One arrow represents the way you interact with others. 
I look at it like everyone has 2 choices in life.  You can be the type of person that is always critical with others & ready to criticize.  Or you can be the person that is uplifting; ready to be the soft spot for people to land when they fail.  

2. The other arrow represents the response of others. 
Like Newton's 3rd Law of Motion which states, "every action has an equal and opposite reaction" you can expect similar treatment back from others that reflects the way you treat(ed) them.  This can either be good or bad news, depending on the way you have been treating others.  Bad news if you are the type of person that loves to find everything wrong with others.  Good news if you are the person that is consistently uplifting. 



Some things to ponder. 
-How would your significant other describe you?
Would they say that you are uplifting & gentle or critical & negative?
-What about your family, co-workers or friends?

Summary:
The way you treat people over time will be how you are known and others will mirror your behavior back on you ... which may be a good thing or a bad thing, all depending on you.
-the choice is yours-

1 comment:

psychodynamom.com said...

So true. I try to be an "up" arrow, but some days it's not so easy. Nice post!