Egg on face? (11.05.21–Don't Judge! –1 Corinthians 4:5)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Sometime, in our anxiousness to make things happen, do we overstep and do more harm than good?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
I've always liked clean kitchen counters. So I am constantly keeping an eye out for empty soda cans, soup tins and dis- carded cereal packages whenever I walk through Holly's kitchen. When I spot them, I grab them and dispose of them out into the trash. You might say I am a clean-counter zealot in that regard. Recently I spotted a real bonanza on the counter top. There were six soda cans, two soup tins and an empty spaghetti box. Now, the trick was to pick all nine items up and cart them off to the trash bin in the garage. Balancing the soda cans precariously inside and atop the tins, and with the box tucked neatly under the arm, I walked toward the door only to feel my grip loosening as the cans pushed down and out and scattered all over Holly's clean kitchen floor. As it turned out, my zeal for neatness had actually caused a mess.
Overzealousness for orderliness, in my case, actually led to what I wanted to avoid–a mess.
Sometime, in our anxiousness to make things happen, we overstep and do more harm than good. This is true especially when we place ourselves in a position to judge what others might be thinking.
Here's a story: In 1884 a young man died, and after the funeral his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him. With that in mind they met with Charles Eliot, president of Harvard University. Eliot received the unpretentious couple into his office and asked what he could do. After they expressed their desire to fund a memorial, Eliot impatiently said, "Perhaps you have in mind a scholarship." They smiled and shook their heads meekly. "No, we were thinking of something more substantial than that . . . perhaps a building," the woman replied. Eliot looked at the couple with a squint, pursed his lips and then got up from his chair and began to pace the floor in front of them. After a brief moment he stopped, turned and looked them straight in the eye. In a patronizing tone, he gave a wave of his hand and then brushed aside the idea of a building as being too expensive. The couple thanked him politely and departed. The next year, Eliot learned that this plain pair, who on the outside didn't appear to have much in the way of resources, had gone elsewhere and established a $26 million dollar memorial named the Leland Stanford Junior University, better known today as Stanford! (Today in the Word, June 11, 1992.)
A rush to judgment, in our zeal to put things straight, can actually result in things getting knocked all over the place. We go in with zeal and leave with egg on our face. The Bible tells us that it would be better if we should not be quick to judge so that we not be judged ourselves. Good advice if we would rather not trade one small mess for a bigger one.
We pray. Heavenly Father, sometimes in a rush to judgment and in our zeal to put things straight, we harvest a result of things getting knocked all over the place. We go in with zeal and leave with egg on our face. Your Word tells us that it would be better if we should not be quick to judge so that we not be judged ourselves. Good advice Lord if we would rather not trade one small mess for a bigger one. Forgive us when we judge others and assume that we know what they are thinking, when we have no way of knowing that at all. Only You Lord would know and not us. In Jesus name we pray. 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.
If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!”
<firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.