Interrupting the class to retreive something she leaned down and whispered in my ear with a sacrastic tone, "this is an interesting job you have". She had made a judgement based on a few snippets of conversation she had overheard. A short time and yet a big conclusion. I thought of what had happened in that room all throughout the day. First, I was concerned about the women's feelings and what they would believe about themselves based on such an insensative remark. Then I wondered if this would lead to a more guarded discussion time. These girls had been judged their whole lives. Conclusions drawn on their lives because of what they looked like, the neighborhood in which they lived and what their parents did (or did not). Judgement a dirty little word that we have cleaned up with words like discernment or concern. Here is the truth....we are to judge what is right or wrong according to God's word. Not to be confused with good or better, worthy or unworthy.
You see, what this lady didn't know could have filled the whole room. Like for instance, she didn't know that some were new Christians. Some were abused and damaged and this was the first placed they were learning to trust. Some were scared and held no self esteem. Some just excited to be in a place where they could talk to another. Hearing something other than the sound of their own voice. For a moment the lonliness would be forgotten. She didn't know them before and how far they had come. And here is the clincher! She didn't know that at one time the woman she was talking to....was just like the women she was talking about.
She only saw a snippet of life. She could not know the whole picture. That place was reserved for the Lord alone. He wasn't sharing that place with anyone else.
So the next time you are tempted to make a judgement on what the outside says perhaps a better choice would be to bow the knee and talk to the one who knows the inside as well. Because the truth is you don't know and He does. If he chooses to show you then He will show you what your role is in His redeeming work. So perhaps if you are not willing to role up the sleeves and get to work probably should not ask. I can assure you the Lord will not just allow you to shout from the sidelines. His work is done with rolled up sleeves working along side. Now really would you want to miss seeing God work in another or MAYBE EVEN YOU! Now put away the "I Would Never Do That" t shirt because darlin' YES YOU WOULD. We are all a sinful lot waiting for our Redeemer to complete His good work in us.