Don’t Judge… You Don’t Know What Someone Is Going Through

A couple of years ago, I went through a program sponsored by the Bartow County Chamber of Commerce called “Leadership Bartow.” At the beginning of the program, we did an exercise where we were all divided into groups that represented various segments of society. The group I was in, struggled financially. During this exercise, I got an idea what it felt like to struggle. To go without food…. etc.. It was an eye-opener for me. It changed my views on some things. I saw then, for the first time, that if someone is hungry… they may take some drastic measures to find food.
Let me give you an example…and… DO NOT take this the wrong way….
In the movie “Lonesome Dove,” there is a young girl named “Laurie” (Diane Lane) who is a prostitute at the saloon. When “Gus” (Robert Duvall) is talking with an old girlfriend “Claire” (Angelica Huston), Claire asks what “Laurie,” does? Gus responds, “She does what she can to get by but don’t hold it against her.” Claire replies, “Oh, I might have done the same thing if I had to.”
Now, I’m NOT advocating prostitution… but the idea in that scene is, don’t judge her unless you have been in her shoes.
It is EASY for us to judge people. We judge people if they don’t agree with us politically. We judge people if they don’t interpret the Bible like we do. We judge people for taking certain actions.
But we shouldn’t. We don’t know what someone else is going through. A Pastor friend of mine said years ago, “Everyone is for the death penalty until it’s their kid sitting in the chair.” He’s absolutely right!
Jesus said, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye” (Matt. 7:3).
One of my all-time favorite songs by Elvis was, “Walk A Mile In My Shoes.”
“Walk A Mile In My Shoes, Walk A Mile In My Shoes,
Before You Abuse, Criticize and Accuse;
Walk A Mile In My Shoes.”
Today, don’t be as quick to judge someone. You don’t know what they have been through. You don’t know how they are struggling now. Instead of judging someone, you might listen to them and see if you can help them.

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