The more we focus on what WE are called to do, the less we worry about what OTHERS are doing or not doing. We can spend much of our day unconsciously judging everyone around us, physically present, or through the online lens. I’m sure there was a time when life seemed much simpler and we didn’t have so much information about others’ lives just a fingertip away. Then again, maybe that’s not true, because unless you live off the grid as a true hermit, (in which case you most likely wouldn’t be reading this 😉 ) you would probably be like those who lived thousands of years ago who read a particular scroll written by a scribe called Matthew warning them to “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” Seems this is an age-old dilemma.
I’m not saying we completely ignore what we see going on in our world, near or far, each day. Some things do require us to use our God-given authority and pray and use our voice and some will require us to take a stand for what is right and to be protectors of those who are young and not allow their innocence to be forcefully taken from them through the exposure to evil of all sorts. I’m saying be so busy being about your Father’s business that you don’t have as much time, mentally or physically to have what everyone else is doing in your view.
I’m challenging you to ask yourself, What is MY focus? What is God calling me to do today? How can I better serve those in my world? How can I hold my neighbor in the highest regard? Because what we focus on is what becomes more clear to us and as we focus on the task right before us that’s when we see the next step to take and the next and the next. Until we are moving right in sync with our Father, and together we create something so much more amazing than we ever thought possible. ~Be Blessed, Jenny