Before I start I have to recognize the great discussions coming from my past few posts. I still very much want to divulge into the idea of the Holy Spirit and the evidence of It’s absence in many of our lives. I agree fully and completely that their is some supernatural change that comes when we are immersed in the Holy Spirit. I am equally intrigued by that idea that through and with the Holy Spirit I might find peace from a life long battle. I’m also interested in looking at the times I rather the Holy Spirit not be included because I felt a weakness in someone misinterpreting the Holy Spirit’s direction. For a Pentecostal, I sure felt the need to have everything right on. For some reason I found no grace in others walking through the journey of the Holy Spirit. Why was I so concerned that something not happen right instead of hoping something amazing happened. I fear I have quenched the Holy Spirit instead of the movement of the flesh. You know? I mean by trying to eliminate the move of the flesh in church, we have become fleshly directed because we’ve eliminated the Holy Spirit in the name of order. As I said. I’m interested, and plan on talking about that more and seeing how that really relates to ones change in Christ.
I’ve also been wanting to discuss what Terry brought up about sin and addressing it. I once read in a marketing blog that “unsolicated advice is abuse.” It made me think of Christians calling out sin in unbelievers lives without investing in the relationship that would earn them the opportunity to allow the Holy Spirit to show them their sin.
But let’s go somewhere else today.
I’ve been thinking about the idea of judgement. It all comes from my past few blogs on love, and change and how we are viewed by the world. I guess more specifically than judgement, I want to talk about the core of the judgement we bistow on others. I think by talking about it we might be able to change, to, replace judgment with love. You know love, the thing I’m really into lately. I’m not great at it yet, but I like the idea.
So today on my way home from work I stopped at a record store to pick up a CD. I was waiting in line to pay as the lady in front of me finished her transaction. She walked away leaving the counter open for me to pay for my purchase. I waited to move as the cashier was finishing the transaction and hadn’t made the key eye contact to let me know she is now ready for me. But before I got the look, a lady bypassed me and the rest of the line and put her purchase down. I didn’t react and watched as she finished the transaction. I honestly think she didn’t notice the 15 person line. She seemed to be fairly unobservant. I should say that is a character trait that drives me banana’s. I can’t stand people that have no idea about their surroundings. Its socially irresponsible and annoying. However, I didn’t react. In fact I thought maybe today is the day to talk about judgment.
See the seed of this blog was planted two weekends ago as I played my final regular season hockey game. It was tied with under a minute to go in the game. I got the puck and brought it up the ice. As soon as I crossed their blue line I looked to pass it to our center man. He happened to be there so I passed it and charged the net looking to cause a screen or get a rebound. Unfortunately by the time I got around their defenceman I found myself coming face to face with their goaltender (he was out of his crease a little). I pulled up and we bumped into eachother. It was definitely not a big hit, it was more like a brush by. However if you play hockey you know the goalie is a no fly zone. So as I skated past I noticed the goalie was upset. He was skating at me looking like he was saying something derogatory. I then noticed the defencman skating at me. He was mad and I knew he was coming to body check me. I braced for it and we ended up skating into the boards where he proceeded to punch me in the face a few times. As he was punching me I looked confused and asked him several times if he was serious. I think this made him more angry but I didn’t think the goalie incident was that big of a deal. See, I knew I didn’t mean to bump into the goalie, however, the defencemen judged me by my actions, not my intentions.
So this got me thinking about the idea of intentions vs. actions. Isn’t it funny that we judge ourselves by our intentions, but others by their actions? See when that lady’s action was to butt in line I suspect her intentions were not to. You with me? Imagine how great the world would be if we stopped judging actions but intentions. Imagine if we loved others as we love ourselves? I know our churches would be stronger! I know our families would be better!
We’ve already talked about the idea of going back to the simplicity of our faith. I think this is a practical step we can do to begin the process of reclaiming it’s simplicity. Love others as we love ourselves. Be gracious with other’s actions as we don’t know their intentions. Imagine if that defenceman would have asked me if I was trying to injure their goalie. I would have said absolutely not and we could have high fived. Instead he assumed I did because my actions gave the perception that that was my intent. Let’s try something new friends. Let’s be as gracious to others as we are to ourselves. Let’s love and let’s remember that actions don’t always speak louder then words.
Grace, love too everyone. Cheers.