2002-07-12 - It's Not Obsolete
Matthew 7:12 (Amplified Bible) So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets.
I was squatting on the floor a few days ago, to pet our Cocker Spaniel, Pierre. I glanced over at the dishwasher and noticed that I needed to clean the bottom of it. I had no idea, till I was looking from the vantage point of the floor.
Likewise, sometimes we are quick to prejudge people, without trying to see things from their vantage points. We need to mentally "put ourselves in their shoes" - try to imagine what is really going on, and not go by just what we see. It's easy for a boss to forget what it was like as someone "lower on the rungs" or to expect a worker to automatically know something, when no one has ever taken the time to teach him. It's easy for a parent to forget how important it is to a teenager to "fit in" with his peers. It's easy for a long-time Christian to forget that spiritual growth takes awhile, and that we are not to "tear down" our fellow family members, but rather gently "build them up."
The next time you start to utter a critical comment about someone (or think one), try to remember what it was like when you were in that position. If you never have had the same experience(s), pray that God will help you understand that person, and then ask him / her questions till you understand what's going on. The Golden Rule still applies in 2002; it will never become obsolete. You wouldn't want someone to pre-judge you, would you?