I am beginning a new format to my blog posts this week using a weekly theme. The plan is to post a “theme” and a thought on Monday each week and then share a quote from Tuesday-Friday to reinforce the weekly theme.
The theme for this week is “Judging” and it’s represented by the one line above which Dr. Bright shared with me personally during some time together in 2000. His words and wisdom about seeing the best in others have stuck with me ever since. I’d like to say I’m great at seeing the best in others, but often times I find myself judging them more than caring about them.
This got me to thinking. What was the original sin? The answer to this question is most often that Eve and Adam wanted to be like God. Although this is technically correct, lets go a little further and ask “How did they want to be like God?”.
They wanted to be able to know good from evil. (Genesis 3:4-5) In other words, they wanted the freedom to “judge” right and wrong which was a freedom God never intended to give them or us…but we have been judging ever since.
Since judging others was never our job anyway, what would happen if we could live out Dr. Bright’s quote and instead of judging others, start doing the job we were actually commanded to do? Love others. See the best in them!
Today, try to catch yourself when your tempted toward the original sin of judging someone else. If your like me, you’ll discover you do it an awful lot! Instead, replace the judgement with a prayer, a kind word or a loving thought and see if you don’t begin making a significantly larger impact in the world around you! It just might change your world!