Friends: I enjoyed this reflection by Rick Hamlin, Executive Editor of a Guideposts publication titled "Morning with Jesus." This appeared in their January/February issue. I like its theme too, "Daily Encouragement for Your Spirit."
I recommend it to you.
Blessings, love, and hugs,
"Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger,
and he who believes in me shall never thirst." (John 6:35)
"For a lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day."
I confess that when I'm sitting in church in a Sunday my thoughts don't always go in saintly directions. I'll wonder why that mom can't keep her kid from running up and down the aisle during worship, or why that guy wears the same jacket week after week - it could use some dry cleaning - or why the preacher takes 20 minutes to say something that could be said in 10. This is in church, when I'm supposed to be thinking about God. I found a healthy corrective the other day as I was talking to one of my fellow choir members. "You know," she said, "I've decided that if I'm not paid to be a judge, I'm not going to judge. It's as simple as that." She should know. She works as a judge for the state. It's her job. It's not mine. So why keep doing it ? After all, what do I really know about the mom and her kid or the guy and his jacket or the preacher and the theological insights he has to share? Can't I do better?
"Judge not, that you not be judged," Jesus said. What we give is what we get back - practical advice that has passed the test of centuries. Followers of Jesus are still observing it. Come meet them in this issue of "Mornings with Jesus"
as we grow in faith, hope, and non-judgmental love.
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