I came across a very powerful word-picture that someone posted on Facebook recently. I am re-posting it below. It touched me deeply when I saw it, and I hope it moves you, too. Before I say anything about this word-picture, however, I want you to take a moment to read it.
It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. And this word-picture is just that. Though the words don’t actually number one thousand, the feelings and thoughts it evokes are worth far more than their number. Its message is simple, relevant, and imperative to everyone, everywhere. This picture impacted me in a major way, because it expresses how I feel about the topic. Maybe it does the same for some of you, too.
We hear, from different sources, “don’t judge others.” We may know that principle in our heads, but has this concept truly taken hold in our hearts? I’m not so sure. I question this as a result of my first-hand experience with the problem. You see, I’ve personally been on the receiving end of being judged by others…….people who don’t have a clue about what I am really about; nor do they know anything about what I’ve gone through in my life.
At times, I think to myself, how could these people be judging me, and making snide comments to me when they don’t even know what I’m going through? If they truly knew the whole picture, they would see that their judgments are incorrect and miss-directed. If I’m coming across as passionate about this subject, it’s because, honestly, I’m so over the judging and bullying people show towards others. I’ve heard too many bullying stories where the victims ended in tragedy. It’s time for it to stop.
We (and I say this to myself, too) need to understand that we don’t have the right to judge another person, because we simply don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes in that person’s life. We, for sure, don’t know what’s in their heart. And, we don’t know what the person has been through that causes them to be the way they are. This Facebook word-picture gives you some strong examples of just that point.
God is the only one who can know the deepest motives and thoughts of our hearts. That is why He is the only one who can judge us. I have seen a number of times when someone has been completely miss-judged for something. Situations where people assigned incorrect motives to another person’s actions, and then judged them harshly based upon their outward behaviors. These judgments, almost always, proved to be completely erroneous. So, rather than showing love, compassion, and understanding to those whose behaviors we may not understand, we end up hurting and isolating the ones who may need love the most.
How about from this moment on, anytime we see someone behaving in a way that seems contrary to what we deem “right,” we immediately stop assigning any judgment towards that person. Let’s put our lense of love on, and instead, leave the judging to God. Even better, what if we reached out to the person we might be inclined to judge? We can talk to them heart to heart, love on them, and help them get past whatever they’re going through. Who knows how that show of U Love would positively affect that person’s life for the better?
Perhaps then a person once belittled and injured from forms of harsh judgments and bullying, would begin to feel a soothing, healing balm coming forth from us in the form of U Love. I don’t know about you, but I want to be a vessel of help and healing towards others, not one of judgment and injury. So, I know I’m personally going to be working on this a great deal more than I already have been. The more that people do the same, the better chance we have at putting an end to bullying and judging one another in this world. Think about it!
Talk to ya’ soon!
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