I’m one of those moms.
Before I had kids I had friends with children who were constantly sick. They forever had a cold, infection, fever…there was always some reason why they couldn’t get to church or fulfill their responsibility.
I labeled such parents: hypochondriacs, overly-protective, or hysterical. I was certain they were over-reacting all the time. Sometimes I even questioned their commitment to God…oh I was cruel.
I didn’t have children at the time and had no idea what I was talking about. Even if I had been a parent at the time, it still wouldn’t have justified me making a judgment call regarding a situation for which I didn’t have all the facts.
And now I am one of those moms.
At least one of my children is sick literally every other week. I miss a lot of church. I am often tied to the house nursing someone back to health, while desperately trying not to catch whatever they have. They are still very young and their immune systems are still developing and since they are both very young, they just seem to pass stuff back and forth.
Looking back, I realize just how wrong I was and sometimes wonder if there is someone out there pointing the finger at me calling me a hypochondriac, overly-protective, or hysterical – thinking I’m an over-reactive parent. No doubt there are those who would call into question the level of my commitment to God and my responsibilities because I am home so often.
But it really gives us something to think about, doesn’t it?
It’s easy to allow ourselves to fall into the trap of pride as we look at others and judge them in our hearts. But when the tables are turned and we are the ones in that situation, it doesn’t feel so good.
So the next time you begin pointing a finger or criticizing another, ask yourself: “Am I truly certain of all the facts?” “Am I a main character in this scenario?” “Is it really my business to even have an opinion about this situation?” Because you never know when you might be in a position where you fill that person’s shoes and you’ll need someone to extend grace and not a critical spirit.
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