Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Judge Them Not
I remember driving down the road one rainy day with my son. I made a comment about a homeless person. I don't really remember what I said, I do however remember what my son said, "Mom you never know what that man or woman has been through". Wow. My son spoke that truism over 20 years ago. Flash to present day. I visited the Veterans Hospital in our city yesterday with one of my relatives. I was so humbled. The first thing I noticed was the dignity that every veteran had walking into the hospital. The second thing I noticed was the smiles on the staffs faces everywhere I looked. And the third thing I noticed was the pride so exuberantly expressed on the walls up lifting pictures and words of wisdom. I noticed the cleanliness in all areas. I looked around me and saw soldiers with no legs, no arms. I saw soldiers who's wounds were not so visible. My son's words rang so loudly in my ear. Mom you never know what they've been through .We go through our everyday life not realizing who we judge. It is not our place to do so. Imagine if we were judged by God? I think we would experience some tough times. No I have made it a point in my life to prohibit myself from doing so, because you never know what that person has been through. Pray this prayer when you find yourself judging. Romans 14:13 Let me stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. Along with that Matthew 7:3 Lord let me not look at the speck of sawdust in my brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in my own eye?