11th – 12th November
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.”
There was once a businessman who, before departing for his domestic flight, stopped to get some doughnuts. As he sat down at a table and started reading his paper, waiting for his flight to depart, he heard the noise of the doughnut bag being opened. To his horror, the man sitting opposite had reached into the bag and was already munching on the doughnuts. ‘This man is probably homeless,’ he thought, ‘so I will just let him have one’. He then reached for a doughnut and started eating one himself. As he carried on reading his paper, he again heard the ruffling of the paper bag and realised the man opposite him was eating another doughnut. Shocked, he reached into the bag and more aggressively pulled out a doughnut and again started to eat it himself. ‘What cheek,’ he thought to himself. Moments later the man opposite reached into the bag again and pulled out the last doughnut. He looked up at the man reading the newspaper, and broke the doughnut in half, gave the businessman the other half and walked off. The businessman thought ‘how rude!’ When the businessman’s flight was called, he quickly folded up his newspaper, picked up his laptop bag that was on the chair next to him, and in his shame and embarrassment, he saw the pack of doughnuts he had bought for himself. All along he had been eating the other man’s doughnuts, and he even broke his last one in half.
Don’t be quick to judge. Remember by the same judgement we judge with, the same finger will point back at us. You never know the story behind someone’s cover.