Love More, Judge Less

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

At a busy intersection near my house, a young man held a sign asking for money. I didn’t have cash, but even if I had, I wouldn’t have given him any.

My judgement:

He looked young and healthy enough to get a job and earn money rather than begging for it.

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I hate to admit that because as much as I try not to judge people, I find myself doing it every day.

I try not to judge for a couple of reasons. First, I don’t want other people to judge me and second,  I’m not perfect, so who am I to judge?

From past experience I’ve learned that you can’t tell by looking at some one what he or she is about – their struggles, challenges, or difficulties. Assumptions often prove to be false.

On the other hand, I may be right about that young man on the corner, but so what?

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I’m no Mother Teresa, that’s for sure, but I agree with her: You can’t love people when you’re judging them.

You get what you give.

Want more love? Give more love. Mix it with compassion, understanding, and patience.

Give less judgment, intolerance, anger, and hate.

Phew!

I’m going to have to practice this. How about you?