“Your children didn’t see how the LORD cared for you in the wilderness until you arrived here.
Some peoples’ children are rude. Some peoples’ children are kind. Some are disrespectful, while others surprise you with their manners. Some peoples’ children are greedy and others are giving. Some are stubborn and rebellious while others are rule followers and go with the flow. Still other peoples’ children are mean and careless while others are friendly and caring. Are you getting the picture? All people are different and we all come from different walks of life. As the above scripture verse states, no one knows what God has done in our lives, it is between Him and us. Once I made this realization, I was astonished to discover…..I some peoples’ child! Someone probably has muttered that statement about me when I did something they were not happy with. I have been judged by others around me and sometimes it may not have been accurate. How many times have I done that only to have God show me later the error of my ways? (Many)
Once again I am on a road where I must learn to be less judgmental of others. Why as Christians do we find this so hard to do? It’s even in the Bible that we are not to judge others for that is reserved solely for God. Now of course I am not speaking about those who do wrong in society and have to go before the court system, I am merely speaking of us in general as Christians. I know that once we accept Jesus into our hearts we become different and begin to feel as though we are aliens among the land. We suddenly see things in a totally different light and we get easily frustrated when others just don’t seem to get it. We get irritated when others swear or gossip. Frustrated when others violate the rules of the road. Angry when we see parents mistreating their children in public. And the list is endless! Yet in all of this we lose sight of the human, flesh characteristics we all have. Remember my blog a few times ago? God loves us all equally. No one person is better than another. He loves each individual the same.
I am really trying hard to be more like Jesus. I am aspiring to be more like the gentle lamb than the angry, squawking screech owl. I want to be slower to anger and more fair to everyone. I want to take the word “judgmental” right out of my dictionary so that I can’t even use it. If only I had a secret key to use. If I could only unlock the part of my heart which sees with Jesus’ eyes instead of mine. What a dream, to love like He does. To show compassion the way He does. To be kind and gentle and accepting of faults, like He is. Now, I admit that I may be asking the impossible, yet I know I can work on getting better, not perfect. Watching my words and treating others ALWAYS with respect. Stop judging people by their actions and begin to get to know the reasons behind the reactions. We can never begin to see what God has done in someone else’s life, therefore we cannot start to assuming how they will react in different situations.
Where do you stand? Are you aspiring to change anything in your life? I invite you to share your ideas and insights. I feel our journey here on earth as Christians is to change our hearts daily to become closer to the Father. We should be headed towards greatness and helping others do the same. Once we learn the secrets of being like Jesus, we should share them with others so the world can slowly begin to change in preparation for the coming of Jesus. It’s a daily renewing of the mind. A moment by moment seeking of God in our lives. It is also entails worrying more about our own actions and not the actions of others. It does no good to continually point out the faults and failures of others when you can’t even see you have flaws of your own.
So it’s time for me to take some deep breaths. Meditate on those things of God which will unlock the part of my heart to see like Jesus does. It is in this coming of Spring that I will begin to widen my horizons and keep tabs on my own actions and reactions to those around me. I will try to shut my mouth even before it opens and think for just a second about what is about to spill from it. Is what I am about to say true? Is it uplifting or degrading? Will it be judgmental or encouraging? Only I can make the choice to choose to monitor myself and be accountable to the things I speak into life. I alone must be seeking God for direction and wisdom. I myself must desire to be more like Jesus before things can change in my life. It will take time, energy and silence! I want to be know as Somebody’s’ Child, God’s!
Always remember: Some peoples’ children are famous. Some peoples’ children are in pain. Some peoples’ children are dying. Some peoples’ children are lost. Some peoples’ children have no hope. But all peoples’ children are Children of God.