Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Not Until You Have Run that Path
How often have we in life made judgements on someone or something, from our comfortable and slightly removed positions? We assume someone is making the wrong choice. Or we don't understand why they are struggling because what they are doing appears to be so easy. But it isn't until we park our car, strap on our running shoes, and run their path that we can truly understand. We judge the woman as weak who reconciles with her cheating husband; or if she leaves we criticize her for not giving God the opportunity to heal. We call a single mother a bad parent when she gives in to her child in the grocery store. To those with substance abuse issues we question why they just don't stop; after all can't they see they are destroying their life? And God forbid someone file for a divorce... we question how they could do such a horrible thing to their children.
So I challenge you today. Before you assume to know what you would do in a situation, before you judge a fellow Christian's decisions, stop! Pray for them. Likely there is something you don't see. I couldn't see that incline from the road- but it was there! And it wasn't until I ran that path that I understood.
With the path's I've run in life, I've experienced more than one woman should ever have to. But I find hope in this: I can strap on my shoes, and run along side a sister in Christ. I can be her listening ear. I can give her encouragement, because I know how hard the hill is she is climbing. I'm excited to see God open doors for me to share my story in an even greater and more personal way. Why? Because if life has happened to you, and you find yourself pushing up that hill, I want to be there and run it with you!