Breath Day – April 28, 2018

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.  Romans 2:1

Unpacking from a recent trip out of town, I noticed something was missing from my belongings.  It should be here, I said to myself.  I know I remember seeing it on the bathroom counter of my hotel room.  I continued to look, checking the pockets and zippered compartments of my luggage.  It wasn’t there.

My thought immediately turned toward the cleaning staff at the hotel.  Of course, it must have been one of them! I reasoned.  Who else could it have been?  With a haughty attitude, I decided one of the staff had pocketed my personal belongings.  Until … a few minutes later, I went into my kitchen to get something out of the cupboard and, lo and behold, sitting on the counter was what I had been looking for.  It hadn’t even gone on the trip with me!

Blame.  We come by it naturally.  It started in the Garden of Eden, and we have been pointing the finger ever since.  Oh, how easy it is to cast blame and judge others when I haven’t checked myself first!  I prefer to see myself in a better light, refusing to acknowledge my own guilt.

Lord, remind me to look inward at my own heart before judging that of another.

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