Today’s Scripture is Luke 6:37-38 NIV,
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Today’s blog post is by Lisa Gonzales, Director of Children’s Ministry,
For some reason, I had no problem thinking about what to write for “don’t judge others.”
When I was a young mother (ok, ok, a younger mother), I judged moms all the time. “What is that lady doing with her child at Walmart at 10:00 at night? I cannot believe that child still uses a pacifier. Why is that child wearing a 4th of July outfit during Christmas time?” (The last one was a little extreme, but I’m a big advocate for only wearing holiday shirts during the correct holiday!)
Anyway, I digress – it wasn’t until I grew up a little and popped out two more kids, that I very quickly stopped judging other moms. I realized mothering (and fathering) is hard and, you know what, sometimes we “gotta do, what we gotta do” – and that’s ok.
I’d like to believe the second part, “and you will not be judged.” But, something tells me other moms still do judge me. And, other people will still condemn me, and people won’t forgive me all the time, and I won’t always get what I want (very frequently, actually!).
However, I probably shouldn’t worry about others before I work on my side of the deal:
Don’t judge – Don’t condemn – Give – Forgive
I may have gotten the “don’t judge” part down pretty good (especially when it comes to parenting). But, I certainly need to work on the other three. I don’t know what the “good measure” is, but I sure would like it to “be poured into my lap.” God’s directions are pretty simple to us and the reward is always great. I imagine the more I work on achieving these four simple instructions, the more “good measure” I’ll get. And, you better believe if God is pouring it down on me, it has to be good.
Maybe, just maybe, when I receive that good measure, I’ll be wearing a Halloween shirt in February.