Thought for the Day – 27th June

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‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Matthew 7 : 1 – 2

This time has brought us new form of social menace: people who break lockdown etiquette. You know the ones: the people who just walk right into your 2m bubble, even when you try to dodge out of their way; the people who walk the wrong way down the aisles in supermarkets, picking up things then putting them back; or the people obviously touching their face when you’ve been resisting an itch for the last 20 mins. It’s infuriating isn’t it.

The temptation is to be judgemental, to dismiss all the rule flouters as reckless and irresponsible oafs. Judgement feels good in the moment because it allows us to feel superior to someone else, but it’s a dangerous game in a second it can turn against us. We can judge others for being less successful, less intelligent or less socially adept than we are, but all it takes is one failure, one stupid mistake or one awkward incident and then the judgement is turned on us. Judgement always creates a pecking order, and while it may feel good to be on top, inevitably in time we will end up on the bottom as well.

So Jesus said get rid of the pecking order all together. Stop trying to work out who’s better or who’s on top. Our status comes from bring children of God, nothing more and nothing less. So Jesus said stop being judgemental. It may be tempting to tut at a rule breaker, but in the end we’d all be better free from judgement.

Prayer: Lord, I confess that sometime I am judgemental to others. I am sorry that sometimes I use other people’s shortcomings to feel better about myself. Help me to be less judgemental and instead to celebrate the value in every person, including myself.

Action: Take a moment to remember the last thing that really wound you up. Observe how it feels and then let it go. It doesn’t need to have any power over you.