I am officially one of THOSE parents.
The reality hit me in the middle of the lazy river at Great Wolf Lodge on Tuesday.
My 6-year old son was bobbing from one inner tube to the next to stay ahead of me. When there wasn’t a hole for his inner tube to squeeze by, he would duck out of it and start running through the river past all the congestion, until he found some open water and an empty tube.
I kept up with him for awhile but soon gave up. He was too fast for me. When that realization hit, do you know what was the first thought that came to my mind?
“I wonder if they have some kind of ‘lazy river’ competition out there somewhere.”
I was serious.
As soon as I realized that my kid was better than me, I was subconsciously believing he was good enough to compete with anyone. I judged based on my own circumstances and abilities.
How often do we do the same thing in our Christian journey?
How often do we judge folks around us or their Sunday worship habits? How quickly do I think I know someone’s story, just by looking at them?
I know I have been guilty of this time and time again. My wife tells me I am getting better, but I realize thoughts of superficial judgment creep up into my head, all the time.
2 Corinthians 5 has been pivotal for me this last week. Verse 16 starts, “ So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view, “(NLT).
As followers of Jesus, we are new creations (verse 17 says that much), and thus, we need to start looking at others from God’s point of view. We need to see them, as God sees them, and as God sees us: Broken, hurting, flawed children that He loves so much that He is willing to do anything to heal us.
How do we do that? Look at the rest of verse 16.
“At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!”
Because we are growing in our knowledge of Christ, we can see more clearly how He sees those around us.
So what’s our job? To do what He does. To love.
This is a challenge to me and to all of us. So that the world will know how much God loves them!