How easy is it to judge others?
How easy is it to think you know better and know what’s going on in their worlds?
I think social media makes it easier than ever before to judge, criticise and blame others.
You know what I find so difficult? Is that Christians are often the worst.
We find ourselves on high pedestals and often fall harder because of this pious place that we locate ourselves. Thinking we are living a good, productive, holy life.
I am not immune, I have sinned and fallen short.
7 1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbour. Matthew 7: 1-5 Message.
What can I say after this?
Personally, one of the biggest downfalls of judgement in my life, is that I fall prey to worrying and being consumed with others opinions.
When I have heaps of opinions about other people, I fall prey to the reaping of this thought pattern in my own world.
The more I worry about what other people think, the more I judge what others are doing.
It goes the other way as well.
The more I judge people, the more I worry about others opinions.
It is a Ferris wheel of emotion and guilt. It is a terrible place that I feel stuck and want to get off the ride as soon as I can.
I found this quote this week and it is everything that I want my life to be about these days…
‘I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.’
This means for awkward conversations, when you say ‘Sorry I don’t want to talk or be like this’. It means for stricter blocking and unfollowing on social media, it means for shorter coffee catch ups with some people.
I don’t like politics
I don’t like gossip covered in the honey of ‘debriefing’
and I am far from innocent.
I want move mountains, I want to see people set free, I want to make a difference.
None of these are possible when I spend my days judging others and hiding in the shadow of worrying what other people think of me.