Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Wrecking Ball of Criticism
It’s not like I’m sitting on a high horse and can say I’ve never passed judgment on a complete stranger before. But due to my emotional state, this time I really looked at what happened and scolded myself because I realized that usually I’m calloused to such things. We should never become calloused (the Bible calls it having a hardened heart) about passing judgment, jumping to conclusions or just listening to critical conversation. Hearing someone ripped to shreds, should always prick our souls and break our hearts. ALWAYS! Since the incident in the beauty shop, I have really tried to monitor my own conversations. My prayer is… “God put a guard at my tongue and let my words be sweet.” Having done a lot of work on our old house, I know all too well that tearing down, the demolition part of a project is the easiest part, but putting things back together takes a lot of work and concentrated effort. On many levels, people are fragile beings. Just like the hardwood floors in my house, people carry emotional scars from childhood to grave; those scars tell a story, they are the tapestry of life. Criticism is a wrecking ball to the human spirit. So, I’m checking myself, minding my words and praying God will keep my heart softened so it doesn't become hard. I'm a work in progress......