Sometimes when God talks to us, it hurts. Sometimes really bad. I had an "ouch, God" moment today. I'm in my hometown and of course any time I go to town I see someone I know. Growing up in a small town, well, you know everyone. At least almost. Not only do you know people, you also know their business: the good, the bad, and the ugly. I realized today, because God conked me on the head with it, how easy it is to judge people based on what you know about them.
No one is perfect. Not me. Here it is, dear friends, God bonked me on the head today with my imperfection. Pastor Husband is thinking of starting a church here. I've been skeptical. Yeah, I know people here. I could invite them to our church. Thing is, I know people here. I know the good, the bad, and the ugly of some of them. Know what? That's why I'm skeptical. Well, I have been. God pointed out to me today that I'm not judgemental of people in a new town, people I don't know. OUCH. It's true though.
God loves the people here just the same as He loves the people anywhere else. He knows our imperfections and faults and loves us anyway. I should do the same.
To those of you who live here, I'm sorry if I've judged you. I'm so very sorry.
Y'all wanna know what's kinda funny? Several people I went to school with have been surprised that I married a pastor. That means they all know me too. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Good thing God forgives.