I’m sure we’re all familiar with the terms speck and bolt… Don’t try to remove the speck from your neighbor’s eye while you’re toting around a bolt. It’s paraphrased – but short, sweet and to the point. God doesn’t want us to judge others. For one thing, it’s burdensome to take on someone else’s baggage and try to change them – and besides that’s not my job! My job is to pray that God makes any changes in their life – and pray that He keep working on my life as well. None of us have “arrived” and we never will – not until we get to Heaven.
How many of you watched the show NEWHART in the 1980’s & 1990’s? Dick & Joanna Louden ran the Stratford Inn in Vermont. Let’s take a look at the jury here – and the judgment. In case Youtube takes the video down, this is episode 145 “Twelve Annoyed Men… And Women.”
I like to “people watch” – it seems a harmless way to pass the time, and my husband would rather I sit on a bench and observe the activities of others at our local mall than spend money in a store. LOL! When we’re making those observations, we need to be very careful that our motives are right. For example, if I see a young lady with tattoos, purple hair, and piercings everywhere , I should not assume anything beyond the obvious – those things are not what I like for myself, but I mustn’t say that God would disapprove, for we know that God looks upon our hearts and attitudes – not the color of our hair or how many holes or tattoos a person has. I’ve seen some beautiful tattoos, but to be honest, I’m a coward. I avoid needles at all cost. I’ve actually started praying for the people I see… I may be the only one to pray for them! I ask that God be in their life. It’s a short prayer – and even though I don’t know their names… God knows them!
I was raised to believe that we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God – there is no degree of sin – one is as bad as the other, so why judge someone when you can just as easily pray for them? To judge a person is your bad – to pray for a person is your good – and God smiles! I don’t want to make God sad, do you?
In this journey called LIFE, I believe we are to help one another as we can, and pray for each other always. Even though I’m not able to do very much right now, God reminds me that I can still write, and more importantly, I can still pray. There is power in prayer and I’m making prayer my first resource instead of my last resort! Prayer is the most positive force in the universe.
God can do all things in my life, regardless of my limitations and pain level. He will do great things in His perfect timing, and He hears our prayers. it’s up to us to be patient and wait for His answers. We know that He will make all things beautiful in HIS time. Please send some prayers up for me, friends. Thank you! God knows what’s going on. ❤
When you’re tempted to judge, resist the temptation and make a conscious decision to pray instead. 🙂