Friday, September 17, 2010

...But It's Not You!

Have you ever been driving in the car and you see someone dressed a certain way or looking a certain way?  You think to yourself, "Why would they come out here looking like that?"  Or maybe you know someone who is down on their luck and it seems all the good and kind encouraging words that you give never seem to help.  Then you wonder, to yourself, "If that were me, I'd.......".  Well you fill in the rest of sentence with whatever you like, but my point is that it is not you!

We all do many things differently and one of those things is experience life.  We all hit high points and low points at different times of our lives so we must not look on one another as if you could do it better.  Some times, you have no idea what a person might be experiencing and the way they are carrying themselves, despite any encouragement, may be the best way they can get through their storm.  It's their way of coping and dealing.

You see, when the house is on fire and someone else is trapped inside, you may be thinking to yourself, "I hope they come out...why aren't they coming out?!!"  You can say that because you can see the doors and the windows...from the outside......BUT, when you are the person trapped inside the inferno, the only thing that you can see is flames.  Yes you are trying to get out but you have to get through the fire.  Your heart may be racing and the adrenaline may be pumping but if you stay focused and calm long enough you can escape the fire.  This is exactly how life can be sometimes.  There is always some in the fire and there are others who are on the outside looking into the situation.  The perspective is always clear when it isn't skewed by being in the middle of a life crisis. 

Let us remember that we THINK we know what we might do, but since it's not us, let's not judge a person for what they do.  Until you walk a mile in their shoes....well, I think you know the rest.

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. " - Luke 6:37


Antoine E. Hall


"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." - 2 Samuel 22:33
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