A lesson from the laundry

438 a lesson in the laundryWashing clothes is one of the things that you know you need to do, unless you can get someone else to do it for you! The clothes have to be sorted - dark colors separated from the white and lighter ones. Some garments need to be washed with a gentle program and a special detergent. It is possible to learn this the hard way I experienced it in college. I put my new red sportswear with my white T-shirt in the washing machine and everything came out pink. Afterwards, everyone knows what happens if you forget this and put a sensitive item in the dryer!

We take special care of our clothes. But sometimes we forget that people should be equally considerate of one another. We do not have too much difficulty with the obvious, such as illness, disability or difficult circumstances. But we can not look into our fellow human beings and guess what and how they think. That can lead to trouble.

It's so easy to look at someone and make judgments. The story of Samuel, who was to anoint a king out of the many sons of Jesse, is a classic. Who would have thought that God had David as the new king? Even Samuel had to learn this lesson: "But the Lord said to Samuel," Do not be impressed that he is big and handsome. He is not the chosen one. I judge differently than humans. A man sees what falls into his eyes; but I look into the heart "(1, Sam 16,7 GNB).

We should be careful not to make judgments about people we have just met. Not even those we have known for a long time. We can not imagine what these people experienced and how their experiences influenced and shaped them.

In Colossians 3,12-14 (NGT), we are reminded of how we should treat each other: "Siblings, you are chosen by God, you belong to His holy people, you are loved by God. Therefore clothe yourself in deep compassion, in kindness, modesty, consideration and patience. Be lenient with each other and forgive each other if one person has something to blame for the other. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you too should forgive one another. Above all, dress with love; it is the bond that unites you into a perfect unity ".

In Ephesians 4,31-32 (NGU), we read: "Bitterness, effervescence, anger, furious shouting and slanderous speech have lost nothing in you, any more than any other form of malice. Rather, be kind to one another, be compassionate and forgive one another, just as God has forgiven you through Christ. "

How we treat others is important for many reasons. As believers, we are part of the body of Christ. No one hates his own body, but takes care of him (Eph 5,29). We are created in the image of God. When we mistreat or dishonor others, we dishonor God. The Golden Rule is not a cliché. We have to treat others in the same way as we want to be treated. We remember that we fight all our personal struggles. Some are obviously hidden for our neighbors, others deep within us. They are known only to us and God.

The next time you sort the laundry, take a moment to think about the people in your life and the special consideration that every person needs. God has been doing this for us ever since and treating us as individuals who need his special care.

by Tammy Tkach


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