day 3K79: Boomerangs

“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.”

“What goes around, comes around”.  We know this to be true.  The old adage of leadership is to remember that the person we might be working with today, or even leading today, could one day end up being our boss.  It happens, a lot.  So, what does go around can come back around to bite us.  When we think about how we are treating others it shouldn’t need the threat hanging over our head that we might one day be on the receiving end of what we have dealt out, but if that is what it takes, then so be it.  I’ve seen CEOs and Founders who have pushed others beyond what is acceptable only to find themselves soon not to be leaders and unable to put together a team in the future, nor able to attract much needed investors.  What we do today, will matter in the future.  It always does.

Jesus instructs us that we can expect a boomerang of a critical spirit.  Why is it so easy to fall into the traps of picking on others, jumping on their failures and criticizing?  It’s because our broken nature leads us in this direction so we have to counterattack this tendency daily.  If it is human nature, then we need God’s nature to keep us from being what we shouldn’t.  Today, like every day, is a testing ground for us.  Let’s be sure and be up to the tests and be the example that God wants us to be.

Reference:  Matthew 7: 1-2 (The Message)