It is very easy to look at someone else and be highly critical of them. We have no problem in our world today to sit in our high and lofty judge’s seat and wave our mighty gavel. It’s easy to give an opinion on what someone should do from afar.
You’ve heard the saying “Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes.” Jesus said it this way “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2) He goes on to say that before you try to fix other people’s problems, you should first focus on your own issues. In other words, take that finger and point it right back at yourself.
You never know what people have been through that have led them to where they are now. Nobody has it easy. Everyone of us has issues. So take a step back before you start criticizing and judging others. Everybody is fighting their own unique war.
Instead of fighting against one another, we should come along side each other and fight with them. Instead of judging one another, we should defend each other. Instead of looking down on one another, we should lift each other up. Instead of being critical of one another, we should commend each other for getting this far.
Get to know the other person before you take a look at them and think that you know them. Let’s get down from our high horses and get on each other’s level so we can begin to see one another differently. Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and see if your perspective doesn’t change.