Sunday, April 3, 2011

My Garden Is Better Than Yours

Day one of the 21 day fast has officially started. It's not a typical "don't eat" fast, although I do hope to work up to juices and water only on the last three days. I'll let you know how that goes :)

This morning I went for a walk and as mentioned in the previous blog, I asked God to start revealing to me places in my heart, His Garden, that need to be weeded out and places that need extra time and care. This morning He reminded me of my judgmental heart. As I was walking along the path with my dog about 7:45 this morning, I noticed several cars going by carrying passengers dressed up for church. They looked my way and I thought, "They better not judge me, I don't have to go to church until 10 a.m. I've got time to be out here walking and still go to church." No sooner had the thought entered my mind then I realized that I was guilty of the very same thing. Many times I've pulled out of the community headed to church and have seen walkers enjoying a morning stroll. My thoughts, "I wonder if they've been to church yet. They should go. I can't believe they're out walking and not getting ready for church." I have no more right to think those thoughts then the people who passed me this morning. I don't know any of their stories. The people I see at 10 a.m. could very well have been to church at 8 a.m. Instead of judging I need to be praying for them. Not praying in criticism, but just taking note that I've seen them and ask for a blessing on their day.

Judgment, one of the first weeds to pull from my heart garden. Nothing gives me the right to stand around and say that my garden looks better than yours. Likewise, there is no reason for me to sit around sulking that your garden looks better than mine. Matthew 7:1-2 says, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." How can we grow beautiful gardens in our heart that are pleasing to the Lord if we spend all of our time focusing on the gardens of others? Matthew goes on to say, "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye" (Matthew 7:3-5)

We are most definitely welcome to lend a helping hand to one another, but make sure not to judge and step over the boundary line. If we call others out on their faults, we're sure to be called out on ours. All of us have a beautiful heart garden in the sight of God no matter what we're going through. He is the only one who has the authority to reveal areas of weakness. "But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up anothe" (Psalm 75:7).

3 comments:

  1. Amanda,
    I always enjoy reading your posts.

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  2. Great writing Amanda, keep it up!!
    Brett

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  3. I have been also been guilty, too many times. Thank you for the beautiful reminder not to judge other hearts.

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