On my way to work this morning, I was just looking around at the different vehicles surrounding me in traffic. You ever do that? I got to thinking about each person. They each have places to go, things to do and people to see. I wonder about them. I wonder how they’re doing and if they’re happy.
I then look at myself. I look at my life and my own issues. Maybe there’s somebody looking through their foggy windows at me, thinking the same thing.
Something occurred to me today…..we all make such quick and rash judgements about each other don’t we? Initially our judgement is typically based on outward appearance, it’s all we know. I guess we can’t blame ourselves too much…it’s a human thing to do…..shallow, but human. God looks at each of us much differently.
Underneath our stuff, our clothes, our skin and bones, lies something that we each have in common as human beings…..our soul, our spirit, our conscience, or whatever you want to call it. It’s what makes us go.
If and when I find myself making quick judgements, I try to look at people’s souls. I’m not sure what a soul looks like, but I envision a glowing ball, sitting in the chest of every person. We all have them and we’re all on the same playing field, aren’t we? We’re all searching, we’re all surviving, we’re all desiring the best for ourselves and our families. The best thing of all is this: we are all God’s creations. We are each made for a specific purpose. He loves each of us the exact same. Better yet, he sent Jesus to die for every single one of our little “glow ball” souls. That’s the main course right there. Pretty awesome.
When I maintain this perspective, every day, I start to look at people differently. I have more compassion. I have more sympathy. I have a greater need to share the Good News. I am able to show more grace and forgiveness. My judgement goes away. I gain more patience. I’m an overall better Paul. Is it by my efforts alone? Absolutely not. It’s the Holy Spirit, teaching me how to look at others the same way that God looks at me. It’s a mystery, but it’s sure profound.
Have you ever caught yourself judging others? How about people you’ve never met?