“. . . there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
— William Shakespeare
Judgement. It is a tough thing to give up. We’re so used to it and many of us use it so often, even many times in every day. It becomes our own righteousness that we defend for judging others as wrong automatically makes us right. We think. Or does it?
You’ve probably read or heard this famous bible quote: “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment that you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:1-5
My experience is that this quote doesn’t really affect Christians very much. It’s like it is meant for something other than every day life. Again, we’re so used to judging, that it is so darn hard to let it go.
But that is what it takes: letting it go. I’ll give you a challenge: for the next week, do not label anything bad or wrong, no matter what it is. You can acknowledge that it is, but not that it is bad. It’s not bad weather, it is the weather. It’s not bad news, it is the news. It’s not a bad situation, it is what it is. They didn’t do it wrong, they did it. If you can give up labeling things bad, or wrong, you’re halfway to paradise.
It doesn’t matter if the things are big or little, the key is not judging them as bad or wrong. It is probably counter to everything you learned growing up–I know it was for me. The list of bad and wrong things was very long and constant to the point there was so little right in the world. Big Brother, Uncle Sam, the Republicans, the Democrats, the Unions, the Corporations, the Wealthy Aristocrats, Taxes (on many levels), Prices, Wages, Global Warming, Receding Hairlines, Yellow Teeth, Scratchy Toilet Paper, and as you can see, this list could go on indefinitely.
I am willing to bet, that if you can really do it for a week, you will find yourself feeling better about all kinds of things and I am sure that then you could make it two weeks, a month, a year and the rest of your life.
Of course I am speaking for myself since I am a recent convert. You’re probably way ahead of me praising everything. . . Rock On!
I Am What I Am. It Is What It Is. Deal With It.
Spread Some Joy Today–If a co-worker starts down Negative Lane, or Wrong Avenue, encourage them to Peaceful Place. You have more power than you think.