Day 12: Three Strikes, You’re Out!

February 26, 2018

“Stop Judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” (Luke 6: 36-38)

Strong directions to follow. I heard these words today and realized I am not doing very well at following them. Let me give you some examples:

*in my brain as a fellow student talks*: no one wants to hear your input anyways. Stop trying to prove yourself. We are all here, doing the same work. We all work hard and all want to be considered in the hiring process for management positions someday.  Strike One. How often do these thoughts cross my mind? How much better would it be to acknowledge the intrinsic beauty and dignity that lies within the person speaking and recognize that their desire to be praised is really a desire to be loved. Don’t I desire that love every single day too?

*in relation to a project I am doing*: man, if this one person would just do one freakin thing I wouldn’t feel they were a useless part of our team. Strike Two. Useless is a condemning term. Whether I feel this way or not, how much better would it be for me to put aside the sour words and allow the good parts of the situation to shine instead of only focusing on the bad?

*as I think back on the process of getting into grad school*: I can’t wait to walk across the stage and say nah nah nah boo boo I won, you lost, how do you like dem apples? Strike Three. Forgive and you will be forgiven. It would be better for me to move on from this grudge I so desperately hold and just finish out the degree so I can hang up the fancy piece of paper.

Clearly I am not doing so hot on following these directions.

I am going to try to be far more positive about my interactions from here on out instead of constantly seeing the negative. I want to make sure that I am being the best person I can be so that when the time comes, I am given the same amount of love, care and mercy.

Cheers to constantly growing!

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