I have a friend with an interesting email signature – you know the little quotes that automatically gets added to each email.
“Don’t compare your life to others: you have no idea what their journey is all about”.
For a while now I have been contemplating this little line each time I see it. Only today it struck me. Don’t judge.
Don’t judge the one whose performance have not been so good in the office this month – you have no idea what is happening in his / her home.
Don’t judge the one who appears a bit abrupt and distant – you have no idea how much hurt he / she is carrying inside.
Don’t judge the one you know has a gambling problem – be thankful you don’t have it and bring him / her before the Lord in prayer daily.
Don’t judge the one whose perceptions and beliefs are so much different from yours – he / she was created in the image of God too.
Don’t judge your leaders – in the corporate world, in the church, the country, where ever – you have no idea of the stress they have to cope with.
Don’t judge your parents for the mistakes they made – they didn’t have a trial run and experience before raising you.
Don’t judge the one next to you in church, singing false or playing the wrong chords – he / she is worshiping with the talent they have – rather worship with the talent you have.
And so the list can go on and on and on.
Don’t judge others – you have no idea what their journey is all about.