Since it’s still hobbit day, a couple more facts: oddly enough, the LotR books were first published on September 21, so yesterday was the anniversary of the books. Hobbits love to eat–in the books they eat 6 meals a day, in the movies–7. And hobbits in the movies have really big, really hairy feet–they don’t wear shoes.
We may not have hobbits around us, but you may know someone who gets made fun of for something they can’t control–maybe someone has an odd laugh, or a different-looking nose, maybe they have hobbit feet. So how do you handle it when other people are making jokes? Is it okay to joke along, since you’re just having fun? Do you check and make sure the person is okay with it? Or is it maybe best to not joke around this time?
Always try and put yourself in the other person’s shoes–that means –how would you be feeling? Would you laugh along, but then later be really sad about it? All people should stand up for each other, but especially as Christians, we should be someone dependable, who tries their very best to do the right thing.
Treat others as you want them to treat you. 32 “Do you think you deserve credit for merely loving those who love you? Even the godless do that! 33 And if you do good only to those who do you good—is that so wonderful? Even sinners do that much!
Luke 6:31-33 (TLB)
Dear Lord, Help me to be the kind of person who stands up for what’s right and who stands up for other people when they are being made fun of. Give me wisdom to know how to handle situations like that. Amen.