Encouragement for the Journey 16 September 2012

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Encouragement for the Journey 16 September 2012

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings Fellow traveller,

 

Early this week I stopped at a pedestrian crossing while two people crossed. Nothing unusual in that you may be thinking. However, one of these people was being led by the other. The one being led had a long white cane and I assumed that he was blind and being orientated by the sighted person around the community. Of course I could well be wrong but that was my perception that led to my assumption.

When a person has a disability or is going through an experience. Those who walk alongside, like the sighted person, may empathise but can never fully understand or appreciate what the other is truly going through.

The unfolding drama of human life takes place on many levels and we only experience a fraction of what is occurring before our eyes. That is how it has always been, indeed will continue so to be.

When we appreciate this phenomenon of our human existence, we are set free from being judgmental and assuming we know how another should be and feel. Jesus, offered us wise counsel when he invites us to judge not, least we be judged.

The first part we may understand, but the second part of ourselves being judged is often forgotten. For the criteria we use to judge another’s life, are the very areas in our own life we may be refusing to see and indeed change. Jesus also says about taking the log out of our own eye before we may see the speck in our brother or sister’s eye.

These sayings of Jesus are over flowing with wisdom and practical guidance for living.

I wonder what the Christian church would be like if each person practiced these simple but profound truths? I suggest that our communities of faith would be the salt that savours our society in very profound ways.

Of course the first step is to start with ourselves. For the only person who I can change is me. This powerful truth is very often forgotten in the midst of our busy and wonder – filled lives.

Meanwhile Peace in the dignity of difference

Alf