|Puppy, Kodak, with my moccasin|
So...now, I'm sitting here staring at the shoe and trying to figure out why Kodak would go into my bedroom and take it, and wondering if it now had teeth marks in it. I gaze out the window and then turn my head back to look again. My eyes refocus in the darkened room. Yep, it's my brown shoe! I huff a great big huff and my heart starts pounding. At 6 AM, I'm already upset. But, I continued to sit in the stillness. I'll deal with Kodak later.
I turn back to the window and light is slowly transforming the nighted-sky. I keep my gaze and my thoughts. But, my living room is a little more illuminated now, so once again I turn toward the shoe. The brown shoe has "transformed" into Kodak's brown, stuffed toy. I sigh. Not a sigh of relief, but of conviction.
Everything is not as it appears to be. Do not judge according to appearances, but judge with a righteous judgement. ~John 7:24We can be very quick to judge each other. We perceive this and that about this or that situation, this or that about a person, or this or that about ourselves. What we perceive may not be real, but it certainly is our reality and we adjust our lives accordingly.
We know that we know. So, doesn't that make it true?
I was convinced this morning the dark thing next to Kodak was my brown shoe. It took the dawning light to illuminate my mistake in judgement.
And so it takes the Light of Jesus Christ to illuminate the dark places that cast shadows upon our mental or verbal judgements. We may perceive something to be true, but just the opposite may be truth. It may very well just be a mistake in judgement.
If you have ever been on the wrong end of someone's perceptions about you, it can be life altering. Your motives and actions aren't just questioned, they are qualified. The other person knows that he knows that he knows this and that about you. They believe it to be real and thus they adjust their lives and their relationship with you according to that belief - all to everyone's detriment, causing much pain and sorrow.
The pain is real, but the cause of that pain may not be. Acknowledging a wrong perception of someone's actions can bring remarkable healing to a very painful situation. So, I encourage you to apologize if that is the case. And if you are on the wronged-side, I encourage you to not only forgive, but to tell that person - sharing from your heart. As the act of forgiveness can truly be healing to the situation or relationship.
May God's Word illuminate our thoughts and intents of our hearts.
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye. ~John 7:1-5I'm so glad I didn't get up and reprimand Kodak. Although I know he would not have pointed out the plank in my own eye. Dogs are great about things like that!
Because of Him and Unto Him,