Quit Letting Your Thoughts Lead Your Life

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Brian Hillegas

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Proverbs 23:7a

I’ve been learning a lot this year, even if I haven’t been updating the blog. My word for the year is LOVE and God has been doing a work in me.

Humans are a judgmental lot. We are particularly tough on those who are different from us. Hitler vs. Jews. Hutu vs. Tutsi. And even the US government vs. Native Americans.

We don’t like people who are different from us. Homeless. Gay. Immigrant. Muslim. What makes us any different than those who persecute or kill?

Let me be perfectly clear.  I. AM. THE. BIGGEST. VIOLATOR.

Here’s what I’ve been learning this year.  When that very first of judgmental thoughts enters my head, I’m learning to quash it.  I analyze why I’m thinking that way.  Then, I look for the positives in that person.  Beautiful eyes.  Friendly.  Generous.  Nice shirt.

If I can’t see it, I have to think further.  Perhaps those words are what that little boy was told by a mentally ill mother.  Someone never told that little girl what was appropriate or inappropriate. 

I imagine that many of us who worry about what people think about us are extremely judgmental of others.  We expect others to judge us in the same manner that we judge them.  So maybe, just maybe, if we start to change our thoughts, others will too.  If I just “worry” about my own behavior, looks, actions, whatever, then I can break this nasty habit of judging.  

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Psalm 139:23-24

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About Sandy Sandmeyer

Lover of Jesus, Scott, my family, sea glass, eyeshadow, pretty toes, the stars & autumn. Theology school student. Doctor of Sacred Studies.

3 thoughts on “Quit Letting Your Thoughts Lead Your Life

  1. Hello from Thoughtful Thursday. Shifting my thoughts to try to see people as God sees people and thinking of scripture has been helpful to me when I think judgemental thoughts.

  2. I think it is very noble to try to limit being judgmental of others. I am definitely guilty of this myself. I know for me when I snap to judgment of others it is usually driven by fear or personal insecurity that has nothing to do with the person I am judging.

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