“In the essentials, unity. In the non-essentials, diversity. In all things, charity.” – Unknown
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. – Ephesians 5:1-2
Advocate: “one that supports or promotes the interests of another” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
As I was washing the dishes one morning I came across one of our bowls I had brought in from outside. It had been outside because I had used it to soak hickory chips in water for a BBQ. Now I’ve never really thought much about this bowl. An average plastic bowl, white, round, etc. But for some reason I felt myself judging it more harshly that morning. No, I’m wasn’t judging the character of the bowl, but its value. Since I forgot it outside on my back porch the last time I used the grill, it had become kinda grimy and dirty. I almost just threw it away. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “This guy is weird right now.” But I know you’ve judged things the same way. None of us are likely to want to buy a dirty car off a run down used car lot. Even though a dirty car on a run down used car lot could be just as good as a spotlessly shining car at an upscale dealership. It may just need a washing. We all judge things by their appearances and their environments. And that’s kinda how I felt about my bowl. Somehow I didn’t value the bowl as much because of its appearance and the environment it had been in. But who cares about the bowl? Who cares about a used car? What I’m afraid of is that we do the same thing with people. We see a neighborhood and judge the people living in it. We see clothes and judge the person wearing them. We don’t consider that maybe this mother of three can’t afford to live in a different neighborhood. That maybe her husband left her and she’s had to scramble to feed and clothe her kids, and pay the bills. We fail to see the person who is discouraged by life because they can’t get a good job that makes them feel respectable. We don’t take the time to see the love, the soul, the need, that God sees. We are all valuable. And we all are tarnished. We all need God. And we all need His love. By God’s grace may we all see people for who they are, what they’re capable of, what God wants for them. May we never judge a person by their appearance and their circumstances. May we live the vision of Martin Luther King Jr. when he dreamed that his children would be judged by the “Content of their character.” And let us realize that we all need a good washing. That the only one who can do that washing is Jesus Christ. And that if we accept Him, He already did the washing on Calvary.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,