Do Unto Others

One thing  I’m trying to learn is that things look different from the other guy’s point of view. I once read an article in  Readers Digest, it was  one of those quick stories that have a moral.

A fellow had just spent a sleepless night in a hotel.  As he was checking out the clerk asked how his stay had been. ” Miserable”, he replied, “someone kept banging on the wall every 15 minutes, kept me up all night!”   He was still standing there when a bleary eyed couple came to check out.  Again the clerk asked about their stay. “Awful” they replied,  “the guy in the room next to ours  snored so loudly that we had to bang on the wall every 15 minutes just to get him to shut up.”

Life is different from the other person’s perspective.

I served as a youth pastor at a church that had a racquetball court in it’s family life center. It worked out great, Harold and I played racquetball twice a week , at lunch, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We were about the only ones that used it.  One day we found a big ugly padlock screwed to the door.  ” What in the world. How can they do this and not tell me. We play every week like clockwork. ”  Harold patiently went for a screwdriver and removed the screws that held the latch under the padlock.  He said, “They probably have a good reason for it but we just don’t know it yet.”  I fired back cynically, “they just want to control things.”

After we finished playing Harold picked up the screwdriver and started to put the lock back on.” What are you doing. That thing looks hideous and they don’t need it.”  Harold said, “They probably have a reason.”  As we walked out of the family life center Julie, the director was behind the desk.  Harold said, “We noticed you locked the racquetball court.” Julie said, “oh yes, I’m so sorry, I meant to give you guys a key. The spring on that door is pretty hard and the door is so heavy,  several children have been injured coming and going.  We did it to protect them.”  Harold smiled at me and said, “Bill told me you probably had a good reason for it.”


Sometimes grace is simply trying to see life from the other side of the fence. Usually folks have a good reason for doing things that might not make sense from our perspective. But when you see it their way it makes perfect sense. Try to see it their way.

Maybe that’s why Jesus said, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Luke 6:31.



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