One Mitten Less a Pair

Matthew 7:1-2Judge not, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the same measure you use, it will be measured onto you (NIV).

Thank God. I finally found my other mitten. The washing machine had tucked it safely into the leg of my track pants. Finally a complete pair. Number one mitten had disappeared, but I had saved number two! These white mittens with the red trim were the last present my Mom was able to make for me. They bring back treasured memories.

When I was a one-mitten owner, I began to think about what our children would say if they went through my dresser. “Poor mom, she was really losing it. Who saves one mitten? Good job we got her in the home when we did!” These were some of the same unkind, thoughtless words I used about my mom.

Matthew 7:3That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It is easy to see the smudge on your neighbors face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own (MSG).

We all make the same mistake. We decide things about people’s lives without really knowing the people. Our God does not judge this way. He knows our hearts inside and out. He understands lost mittens, loneliness and forgiveness.

Prayer: Father, forgive us for judging others by our own standards, then thinking that we are always right. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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