My daughter's and I have been watching (I should say re-watching) the lord of the
There is a scene in the Fellowship of the Rings that has such truth that I thought I would leave a link. It's a conversation between Gandalf and frodo.
And it is the essence of What Jesus said about desiring Mercy, not sacrifice.
When you are young it is easy to have a hard heart and a judgmental attitude.
When you are young, failure is weakness.
When you are young, you are very, very certain of what is right and what is wrong.
There is no grey, only black and white.
Now I am not saying there isn't a right and a wrong.
But what I am saying is what Gandalf said...
Do not be quick to hand out death and judgement.
I used to to be very judgemental.
I could not understand how someone could do this or that.
I could not comprehend how people slide into certain situations.
I was determined to live deliberately.
And I have.
But what I failed to take into account
when I was younger, was that not everyone is coming at this from my perspective.
My opinions of another person rose and fell on their adherence to my particular code of morality.
I cringe to even write that.
I didn't say it out loud. But I said it through my body language.
My lack of support.
Over the years I have learned something.
Just because someone chooses a life or a lifestyle that is outside my particular moral code....
It doesn't have a thing to do with me.
I don't believe God wants me to go around telling other people what they should or should not do.
That's between that person and God.
If I am a friend.
I support and love that person.
If they do something harmful, yes..you step in.
But if it harms no one.
If it is a personal lifestyle choice.
He desires Mercy from his children.
Not condemnation or judgement.
The world has enough accusers.
Satan being the main accuser.
It won't be Chris on the judgement seat.
Not in heaven and not down here.
Having lived long enough to truly screw the pooch on multiple occasions has taught me a great many things.
First among them,
There but for the Grace of God, go I.
This is Saturday, isn't it?
ahhhh, how funny.