My friend, may I ask you a question? If God doesn’t judge by looks, race or sex but by the heart, so is what matters most not what we wear or how our hair is combed, but more the important thing is how we wear our faith and manicure our love?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Bank lines are great places to do people watching. The other day I witnessed an older man, shabbily dressed, standing in line in front of me. I noted how his hair was sticking out oddly from under his dirty old baseball cap and that his shirt and pants were badly mismatched. I found myself thinking that I would never show up in a bank line looking that way. As he left the teller’s cage I gave him one more quick, satisfied glance.
That night I went home, changed into grubby clothes and announced to my wife that I was going down to the hardware store to get a few things. When I passed the mirror in my office I caught sight of that same gentleman from the bank. There was only one catch; I was looking at myself.
When we judge others based only on what we see for the moment, we may often find that our eyes have become sharpened to the faults of others and dulled to our own shortcomings. Here’s a story: A clergyman was sailing for Europe on a transatlantic ocean liner. When he went on board, he found that another passenger was to share the cabin with him. After going to see the accommodations, he came up to the purser's desk and inquired if he could leave his gold watch and other valuables in the ships’ safe. He explained that he had been to his cabin and had met the man who was to occupy the other berth. Judging from his appearance, he was afraid that he might not be a very trustworthy. The purser accepted the responsibility for the valuables and remarked, “It’s all right, bishop, I’ll be very glad to take care of them for you. The other man has been up here and left his for the same reason!” (Our Daily Bread.)
God doesn’t judge by looks, race or sex. He judges by the heart. What matters most is not what we wear or how our hair is combed. No, the most important thing is how we wear our faith and manicure our love. If we take the time to look beneath appearances, we may find that in the mirror of God’s love, a dirty baseball cap and mismatched clothes can look pretty good--when they’re covering an obedient heart and loving spirit.
We pray. O Almighty and Everlasting God, we lay down our self-imposed responsibility of judging the heart, motives, intentions, and actions of the people in our lives. You have instructed us and we have often not obeyed You. Help us to remove the burden of being the judge, and move us by Your Spirit to repent of the pride in our lives that is evident every time we have a critical, judgmental thought. You have commanded us to walk in forgiveness and love, to rise above offenses, and to walk humbly with You. May we choose that road today. We submit our thoughts to you – each and every one – for approval, choosing loving thoughts and not condemning thoughts, compassionate thoughts not critical thoughts. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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