March 1, 2021
Each day during Lent, I will be highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
Stop judging and you will not be judged. (from Luke 6:36-38)
STOP JUDGING: I wish I could say that I don’t judge others. I would be so much prouder of myself if I was able to stand in front of a mirror and say, “I don’t judge others.” I can’t do that – not truthfully.
What I can do is work on judging others less each day. Lent is a time for honest self-reflection. It is when we “put it all out there” for God. “I am a sinner, God. I am not the best version of myself. I need your help.”
If we truly want to stop judging others, we need to be intentional. We can’t just hope to do better; we must take steps to get better. Even when I pray for the strength to withhold judgment and am intentional in my approach to that task, I may still catch myself judging others. That is not ultimately the result I want, but it’s a start. The fact that I caught myself tells me it is on my mind and in my heart to eliminate the behavior.
Small steps…it’s OK to take small steps. Allow your Lenten season to be a season of small steps.