"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." - Mother Teresa
When we think we know it all, we miss the point. Have you noticed how quick we are to judge others without knowing all the facts? Or how easy it is to assume someone is going to react a certain way just because of the color of their skin, or their ethnic background? I'm here to tell you that as different as the Baptist woman in Arkansas is from the Jewish woman in New Jersey, as different as the man who questions the existence of God is from the man who faithfully prays to the God he believes in, and as unique as the twenty-year-old from Hollywood is from the forty-five-year-old in London, they, like all men and women, have the same needs.
They all need to be loved.
They all need to be loved unconditionally.
They have all been hurt badly.
They all wrestle with forgiveness.
How do I know this? Over the years I have learned some things about people as they respond or reply to my posts on various social media platforms. It is very interesting when I receive identical responses from men and women from different walks of life. Responses like, "This is exactly what I needed today, how did you know what was in my heart?"
I'm afraid we play out our prejudices based on things like status, level of education, race, and lifestyle way more often than we'd like to admit. But really, we are all alike. From a "God's-Eye" view, we are all equal. So instead of looking down on others, get to know them for who they really are. Look at everyone through God's eyes and not your own. You will be amazed at what you see!
Take it one step further by refusing to engage in malicious gossip. "Count to ten and tell your friend that you're breaking the gossip habit. Counting is one of those techniques you can use to manage behavior that you choose to avoid. It is a powerful technique in anger management and can also be used when you don't wish to gossip. Malicious gossip is mean, and some experts declare it nothing less than a form of bullying. Step back, count to ten, and remove yourself from the gossip clique. Don't take part in the mudslinging. Feel happy knowing that you didn't and your friend might see the error of it as well. Finding things to praise about others inspires people to feel happy whereas gossiping does just the opposite." - Meera Lester
"When we think we know it all, we miss the point." - Steve Gilliland