As Others See Us

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John Leech, a celebrated artist and caricaturist, is said to have had an effective method of reprimanding his children. If their faces were distorted by anger, by a rebellious temper or a sullen mood, he took out his sketchbook, transferred their lineaments to paper and showed them, to their confusion, how ugly naughtiness was. Seeing the truth of their bad behavior the way others saw it made them want to change. Grown-up people would dislike seeing themselves as others see them just as much as these little children did. And yet, whether we like it or not, all our words and deeds are set down in God’s book of remembrance.