I've been reading the book Uncommon Woman by Susie Larson. It is both inspiring and convicting. I would highly recommend it!
Two quotes stuck out to me in the last chapter I read (both dealing with the same issue). They stuck out to me because I can be a critical thinker. I'm not talking about critical thinking in the good, sort out your problem sort of way. I mean the critical "why is he so..." or "I can't believe she did that..." or "I'm glad I'm not like..." or "I wish he could hear this message; he could really use help with..."
Do you understand what I'm saying?
When these thoughts start to creep (or jump) into my brain. I have a choice.
"There is a moment of truth for everyone," a friend once shared."People make that conscious choice in their minds when they are faced with the irritating flaws in others: 'Will I step away and judge them or will I draw nearer and serve them?'" So much hinges on that moment of truth."
C.S. Lewis takes this thought one step farther. He says:
"Abstain from all thinking about other people's faults, unless your duties as a teacher or parent make it necessary to think about them. Whenever the thoughts come unnecessarily into one's mind, why not simply shove them away? And think of one's own faults instead? For there, with God's help, one can do something. Of all the awkward people in your house or job there is only one whom you can improve very much. That is the practical end at which to begin. And really, we'd better. The job has to be tackled some day: and every day we put it off will make it harder to begin."
Hmmm... Think about my own faults and try, with God's help, to do something about them. What a novel idea! It is definitely something to think about...