The law of echoes



Light for the Way devotional series

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By Pastor Bob Corey

One day in his mountain community, a boy seriously misbehaved and his grandfather disciplined him rather severely. Reacting in turn, the child shook his fist at his grandfather and screamed loudly, “I HATE YOU!”

To the young boy’s amazement, the rocks and boulders across the mountainside responded in kind: “I HATE YOU…I HATE YOU…I hate you…hate you…hate you….”

So it is in life. Call it one of the unchanging laws of human nature. We get in return pretty much what we give out. It seems to all come back to us. Incredible echoes mirror our actions, sometimes in greater measure than we actually give.

As Jesus said in today’s Scripture found in Luke 6:31-38:

“Treat men and women exactly as you would like them to treat you…Don’t judge other people and you will not be judged yourselves…Make allowances for others and people will make allowances for you. Give and people will give to you… For whatever measure you use with other people, they will use in their dealings with you.”

The law of echoes applies to all aspects of life, like marriage. Do you want your spouse to be gracious, forgiving, tolerant and supportive? Start with yourself!

The law of echoes applies to our work as well. The rocky canyons within the lives of others are ready to echo back the identical attitudes and actions we initiate. Want your associates at work to be cheery, unselfish, free from caustic comments and ugly glares? The place to begin is with the person who glares back at you from the bathroom mirror every morning.

The law is remarkably consistent. Like begets like. Smiles breed smiles. A positive attitude is as contagious as Covid. Unfortunately, so are frowns, sighs and harsh words. Whatever you deposit in the echo bank, you are very likely to draw in return. Sometimes, even with interest!

Why not purpose, starting today, to make all your echoes positive and wholesome?

The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.

Find more in the Light for the Way series:

A reflection on the day before Lent
Live fearlessly – one day at a time
Get to know us: a Christian ministry
Introducing Light for the Way, a new devotional series

In addition to Light for the Way, you can find reflections, devotions, music and other resources on the Pastoral Care resources website.



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