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Non-Judgment Day


What if, for just one day, everyone went about their day without judging someone else?

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.

That is not our business, and in fact, it is nobody’s business.  What we are asked to do is love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.

-Thomas Merton

I have numerous friends from a multitude of backgrounds, beliefs, and baggages.

  • Friends who are single, married, divorced, widowed, and co-habiting
  • Friends who are new parents, single parents, parents of one, parents of a plethora, empty-nesters, and childless
  • Friends who are a variety of skin tones
  • Friends who are hunters and friends who are vegan
  • Friends who are students, lawyers, doctors, homemakers, teachers, activists, dancers, pastors, and preachers
  • Friends who live in the United States of America, Canada, Ireland, Thailand, Italy, Australia, Ghana
  • Friends who are nine and friends who are ninety
  • Friends who are straight and friends who are gay
  • Friends who say “you”, friends who say “you’uns”, and friends who say “y’all”
  • Friends who are overweight and friends who are underweight
  • Friends who have no idea why I am their friend (but I am anyway!)

Is it possible to have too many friends?

I am not positive if members of this multitude are my friends because they know I do not judge them, or if I do not judge them because they are my friends.  I do know that it really doesn’t matter.

Loving others is not a one-time decision.  It’s a lifestyle.  – Chip Ingram

If I want to be loved as I am, I have to be willing to love others as they are. – Louise Hay

Jesus loved the Samaritan woman as she was.  (John 4:1-42)

Jesus loved the rich young ruler as he was.  (Luke 18:18-29)

Jesus loved the cheating woman as she was.  (John 8:1-11)

Jesus loved the crooked tax collector as he was.  (Luke 19:10-10)

Jesus even loves me as I am.  How can I do less?