Today’s culture uses “boomerang” in many settings, especially over the Internet. It is a phenomenon today, a cause and effect, a return to the originator.
Even ages ago Paul in the Bible spoke of the no-room–for-misinterpretation boomerang effect: “Be not deceived, God is not mocked; whatever you sow, that you will also reap.”
How clear is that! Sowing leads to reaping… in agriculture, in life choices, in giving. These words emphasize bountiful kindness and goodwill without reservations, without self-interest, and without self-profit.
In social and behavioral issues, it is possible to:
- Throw the anger boomerang and receive vengeance back.
- Throw the selfish boomerang and be treated with egotism in return.
- Throw the never-have-enough boomerang and be exhausted by always seeking more.
- Yet, throw the forgiveness boomerang and be forgiven by others.
- Throw the respect boomerang and be esteemed by many.
- Throw the gratitude boomerang and be rewarded with appreciation.
How profound are these boomerang words, “You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself!”
Or how about, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep for what he can never lose.” ~ Jim Elliot, 1956 martyred missionary at age 29
And last thought-provoking boomerang quote, “You can never give too much for Him who has done so much for us.” ~ Late beloved friend Joe (yielded to Jesus 27 years after I did)
Boomerang: Open hand or closed fist?