So. We have a Kiwi who liked to collect bugs and a Brit who liked to play golf. They both though that more sunlight was a good way to extend their hobbies until later in the day.
That, my friends, is why we suffer the bi-annual aggravation known as Daylight Savings Time. Really? Really.
This research made me think about the traditions in life that we all adhere to in some form or another without questioning why. Whether it be our political party affiliations or our religious denominations, we all start out in life with preconceived notions about certain aspects in life because “that’s the way our parents did it.”
I think we adopt certain traditions out of sheer laziness. We never even think of doing things differently because that would require well, thinking. And, sadly, I’ve noticed lately that many people don’t leave enough time in their busy schedules to slow down long enough to think. About anything other than the next “To Do” on the list. (Hmmmm….This is a whole other post in itself…. Stay tuned!)
I am challenging myself today to think about the traditions or even thought patterns I hold so dear and ask myself, “Why?”
The area where I have struggled with the most in my adult life is judgmentalism. I was raised in a denomination of the Christian church that is infamous for the fire-and-brimstone version of the “Good News”. I say this tongue-in-cheek because, really? Preaching Hell and Damnation is going to, what? *Scare* people into Heaven??? Deep breath… I digress…
It has been hard to fight thoughts that were ingrained in my mind from a very early age of what defines a “Sinner”. Because, as we all know, you can tell just by looking at someone if they are a “Sinner” or not. (half chuckle/half groan)
As I got older I was blessed by the revelation that EVERYONE IS A SINNER! NO ONE IS PERFECT. (All caps because this was news to me.) I thought only “bad” people were “Sinners” because there was a list of all the Do’s and Dont’s in the bible, right? So if I did all the Do’s and didn’t all the Don’ts, then I was going to Heaven, right? And by the same il-logic, people who didn’t live the way I did were going to Hell. I was living in my own Wemmicksville handing out stars and dots. [Side note: If you haven’t read the book by Max Lucado called “You are Special”, YOU MUST DO SO ASAP!]
Long story short: grace is the answer to the problem of legalism and judgmentalism. Extend to others the same grace that God extends to you. Period. Don’t over-think it. Just do it.
Good grief I could go on and on but I won’t. Give grace freely. You’ll be glad you did.
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” ~ John 7:24