Everyday, we have 24 hours to use. In those hours, we can make a positive or negative impact on not only ourselves, but those all around us.
In a generation full of people encouraging individuality and “being yourself”, people sure do enjoy bashing the opinions of others. We live in a culture that believes our thoughts and ideas are such gems, that anyone who doesn’t agree with us must be insane. We like to be right. We like to be agreed with. But at what cost?
My boyfriend recently posted a quote that said:
“Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.”
This really resonated with me, because as I look around me, I see much more hate than love. Most of you probably had parents who told you, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Why don’t we stick to that more often? Why do we (myself included) feel that we have the right to judge others and tell them what THEY are doing wrong?
I am guilty of this. I am stubborn, opinionated, and yes-I like to be right. I am ashamed to say I have laughed at someone’s outfit choice before…religious choices…way of life…but why? Why would I ever feel my choices are “better” or “superior” to another human being’s?
I have decided that with each 24 hours I am given on this earth, I want to do what God put me here to do. To build His kingdom. How do we do that?
Through loving others.
We aren’t here to judge others. We aren’t here to hate anybody or anything. And believe it or not, we’re not here to prove our opinions and force other people to believe we are right. We are simply here to love.
I have NEVER ended up seeing someone else’s side or agreeing with them if they attack me with judgement, harsh criticism, or hate. If someone walked up to you and said, “Hey-you are completely wrong and ridiculous. Let me tell you how you should be thinking.” Would you listen to them? Would you care what they had to say? No.
If we want to help others, we have to love others. Sometimes, the most important thing isn’t to be right or prove a point. It’s just to love others and hope that through the love they receive, they will be changed through our amazing God. As Christians, sometimes we forget something huge: We are not God. We are His vessels.
Every time we judge somebody, we are lacking faith in God, and basically telling Him that we don’t feel He is capable of doing His job.
Today, if you see someone who:
Isn’t dressed the way you would dress…
Has different political views that you don’t agree with…
Isn’t living the same lifestyle you would choose…
Doesn’t have the same religion as you…
Doesn’t have the same sexual orientation as you…
Remember: you don’t have to agree with them. You don’t have to like their decisions. But hating and judging them will do nothing positive for God’s kingdom. It will do nothing positive for that person. And believe it or not, it won’t make you feel any better, either.
We have an amazing opportunity God has trusted us with each day. It’s a big job. We can either make someone’s day, or break someone’s day. The choice is yours. If you want to be a day breaker, treat others with hate & judgement. But if you want to be a day maker, show others the amazing love you have to offer. It will make your day, too.
Be a day maker today.