Friday, January 17, 2014

Judge not



Let him without sin cast the first stone...

I try to never write as an accuser. I try not to write about things I am not or have not dealt with personally. I never want to come off as cocky or arrogant. I don't think I am better than anyone else.

But I have. In the past... I have placed my own self on a pedastal, somewhat unintentionally, and used that platform to condescend and look down on others.

I think most people who judge others, typically don't realize they are doing it. I assume most people don't see themselves as judgmental, at least I didn't.

We all have the things we hide from the world, the secrets, the ugly we wish no one would have to see.

But every now and then, those things rise to the surface and the things we work so hard to keep hidden, are suddenly center stage and in the spotlight.

Its quite uncomfortable really, when everyone knows your flaws and short comings.

And I don't blame people for judging, because its something we all do, even unintentionally.

Its the way our minds work, we are constantly trying to put things into catergories. Good/bad. Right/wrong. Yes/no. Left/right. Acceptable/unacceptable... and in the process we place things and actions and even people in these categories and we subconsciously label them. Its just the way it works.

I guess I've learned the important thing is not so much whether or not you label, the important thing is how you react.

Because while you can't help but categorize things in your mind, you can help how you treat people.

I think when its all said and done, the important thing will be how we reacted to our convictions. We can judge and condemn and condescend, or we can choose to love and inspire.

People rarely change because you tell them to.

Change comes from inspiration and encouragement.

Judging others does not define who they are. It defines who you are.

"For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that world might be saved through him." John 3:17

If God didn't send his own son to cast judgment and condemnation, what makes you think that is what he desires of us? 

Trust me, I am most definitely still a work in progress, but I had to realize that I will never make a difference in the world by labeling it, and neither will you.






2 comments:

  1. I love what you said "Judging others does not define who they are. It defines who you are". I have never thought about that before but it is so true! BEAUTIFUL!

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  2. We are all a work in progess...but it is easy to fall into a judgemental attitude....Thanks for the reminder..

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