It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Chapter 6, Page 22, Book 16

Judge Gently

Pray, don't find fault with the man that limps
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load.

There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
Or the burden he bears placed on your back
Might cause you to stumble too.

Dont sneer at the man who's down today
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong but still the blows
That was his if dealt to you
In the self same way, at the self same time
Might cause you to stagger too.

Dont be too harsh with the man that sins
Or pelt him with word or stone
Unless you are sure - yea, doubly sure -
That you have no sins of your own.

For you know, perhaps,
If the tempter's voice should whisper as soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray
It might cause you to falter too.

Author Unknown 

June 22nd - Look in the Mirror Before Judging Others

When looking for faults use a mirror, not a telescope 

Author Unknown

Despite our best efforts, we all judge others. But before we judge others we need to take a look in the mirror, to look at yourself as you are.  We are all human and none of us is perfect.  Time spent judging others mistakes is time not learning from your own,

Sometimes it is hard to remember that it is for us to love, to understand, to pray for others  and to talk kindly to others so that they may learn from their mistakes when we see things that are not good. 

Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day.

 Albert Camus

We need to remember that we can’t help others from a place of judgment.  It’s only when you let go of the judgment that has arisen, and come to a place of acceptance and curiosity and empathy, can you really help. Whatever measure you use in judging others, it will be used to measure how you are judged.

Good judgment comes from experience. And where does experience come from? Experience comes from bad judgment. 

Mark Twain


betty said...

It is so true that we can be "quick to judge" and that we don't know all the circumstances of people we run across. I mentioned it before (I think) but now instead of judging I try to think "they are just doing the best they can with what they have to work with." I did like that Judge Gently poem.



It is hard to know what causes a person to do what they do. I agree, "When looking for faults use a mirror, not a telescope."

jack69 said...

Humans are too prone to judge. Something natural built in. But we MUST follow the rules of the first graphic, if we are going to have a better journey thru this life.
Good one!

Rick Watson said...

I chide myself often when I find myself judging. If only praise came as easy as judgement.