This time last year was a very very different time for me in my life. It's funny how the people you think have this perfect life around you are really experiencing some of the hardest times of their lives. Everyone on this planet experiences some type of trial or influential time in their lives. Everyone has the happiest of happy times and the lowest of low times. We are all so busy going through each day in our own ways no one really knows what happens behind closed doors. No one really knows how someone else is feeling inside.
I know for me over a year ago the same was true for me. Many of my friends and family thought I was fairly "normal" if that's even something true. But what they didn't know is I was dying inside and hurting and making everything in my life so much harder than it should have been or needed to be.
I am writing this not because I want everyone to know my "problems" but because I have been that person that has judged someone for the things they were doing that I didn't think they should have been doing. We are all quick to judge. We judge our family and our closest friends. We judge our neighbors and our employees but many times we don't stop and pause. We don't stop and think about what they could be going through when they leave work, or go inside their own home. We don't know the battles they face daily or the stress they are put through.
Luke 6:37 says this:
Judge not, and you will not be judged;
Condemn not, and you will not be condemned;
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
You see, everyone judges others. It's nature! We do it when we don't even realize we are doing it. But by judging someone else, it makes me no better then you. Or the person sitting next to me at a ball game. Have you ever been judged? Have you ever felt how it feels to be looked down on?
I can tell you that I have judged. I have judged people, family and friends for doing the exact same things I have done in my life that I was so quickly to judge on. I have never been very biblical. I believe in God and I pray every night or driving in my car on the way to work, but I don't plaster my beliefs for everyone else to see. It's never really been my nature.
But I lost most of everything I had over a year ago. The decisions I made at the time were part of why I lost most everything, but much of that was from judgement against me and the decisions I had made. People didn't understand why I was doing what I was doing. But at the same time, I really didn't understand why I was doing those things either.