When it comes to interior motives, I tend to be more lenient and understanding of my own; while simultaneously being extra harsh and judgy (a new word I learned) on others.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and bet I’m not the only one.
I suppose it’s a human nature type of thing.
We love to give ourselves a free pass and charge others double to help pay for it.
Recently in our neighborhood there was a scandal (think Wisteria Lane & Desperate Housewives).
I’m ashamed to admit my first reaction was, “I knew it, I knew ‘that person’ was no good from the moment I met them.”
It’s funny; I didn’t receive an award or prize money because I had thought those things about “that person.”
Mostly I just feel like a jerk.
“That person” needs my care and concern more than ever, not my smug judgment.
As a result of all this I’m starting a new campaign:
My goal is to level the playing field.
I’m going to give grace to others even when I don’t understand their motives.
After all, the Bible says I should, “Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2.3)
Even when their actions don’t line up with their words.
The Grace I’ve been given has no end in sight, so there’s no sense in hoarding it all for myself.