This post may not be what you are expecting, but I encourage you to read it through to see what is currently on my mind and heart today.
As I was cleaning I was thinking about how people judge one another. Now the bible commands us to not judge because God is the ultimate judge of people. But lets face it, we are guilty of it at one time in our lives of judging someone. And most of the time we judge them wrongly.
As for judging "up" and "down", let me explain. Sometimes (and most times when you think of this subject), someone gets judged "down"....
They aren't doing a good enough job. They could do so much better.
They aren't pretty enough.
They aren't smart enough.
They don't have enough money.
You see where I'm going with this? It's a judgement in the negative sense.
But, the more I thought about it, some people judge others "up" as well....
That person has it all together. They know what they are doing.
They have lots of money. More than enough to share.
They are the best parent I've seen. They never make a mistake.
I feel lately like I have been judged "up". People have been coming to me for various things, like I have all the answers/resources/etc.
Let me tell you right now, I DON'T.
I'm not rich. I don't have all the answers. I'm not a perfect mother. I don't have a perfect life.
Yes, I try to strive towards perfection. The Bible wants us all to.
Matthew 5:48 "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.
Do I want to help? Yes! I love when people come to me, seeking advice. It actually honors me that someone thinks enough of me to seek me out for help in an area of their life.
But let me ask this, is that all you use some people for?
I have feelings just like you or the person next to you does. While I am honored that you look for advice from me, remember, I am just as human as you are. And for that matter, the one you may need to turn to may not be me (or whoever you have been turning to).
We ALL need to turn to God FIRST, in all things. If we seek Him first and foremost and live for Him and do as He guides, we may not be running to this one or that one so often.
Food for thought.