Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
I never think this would be suited to me, but I'm actually enjoying and being inspired by monthly luncheons with a local Christian women's group. A resolved introvert, I don't think I require this breach of practice, but these loving women help me, in large and small ways, to let my guard down and just be myself.
We too often hear/think of "the church" as being judgmental, demanding, and at its lowest, exclusive. But in stark contrast, though I attend this luncheon as an "outsider," I'm quickly, unconditionally accepted as a friend. These women do not judge me. They don't care if I'm wearing enough make-up or upscale jewelry even though our luncheon venue is a country club.
They couldn't care less.
I sit at a table with unknown faces who are quick to make themselves known.
They embrace each other.
They embrace me.
And though I mistakenly think in attending this gathering I will be outside my comfort zone, I can't be further from the truth.
I am accepted as a child of God.
I stand corrected.
I stand amazed.
And I know, beyond any shadow of doubt, that God works in mysterious and wondrous ways.
I am not judged.
I am loved.
And I can love in return.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you feared you might be judged? What was the outcome?
Prayer: Father, thank You for the opportunity opened to me to be a part of the lives of these precious Christian women. As one who would rather sit at her computer and write, I hadn't realized how important it is to touch and be touched by the lives of others on this Christian journey. I thank You for this open door, and I pray that all who are reading this and seeking, even though reluctantly at times, will find Your love and grace in the hearts of those around them, and be able to give love in return. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.