Recently the screen on my phone froze and I had to order a new unit. The day it arrived I went off to the Vodafone Centre confident that, with their ‘magic’ gadget [called the ‘red box’], my new phone would soon be up and running. “You can’t do it?” I stuttered in shock, as the assistant looked at me sympathetically. “Not with a frozen screen,” she explained. I looked at her for a long moment and then heard myself saying, “Would you mind very much if I had a tantrum right over there?” “If this had happened to me I’d want to, as well,” she commiserated.
I left my now useless phone for recycling and walked out of the shop with a totally blank model feeling stunned. And the thought resurfaced from my past, ‘…my whole life is in this phone…’ Ouch! Not perhaps my whole life but, nevertheless, masses of data that would take hours, over several days, to restock. We have an English idiom which describes situations like this: ‘Chickens come home to roost’!
However a few days later I read this: “It would do us a great deal of good to remember that our criticisms of others are usually nothing other than criticisms of ourselves.” [William Barclay] Then I recalled that the apostle Paul wrote, “…at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” [Romans 2:1] I groaned in my spirit and begged Yahweh to forgive my judgemental attitude.
We see our own reflection in other people; take time to ponder this as you interact with your world this week, and remember ‘chickens come home to roost!’
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