your calendar for March 7, 2021. This is the day we will reopen the Center for Sunday Services. Service starts at 10:30am.
On March 14, 2021 following service we will hold the Annual Congregational meeting. Refreshments will be provided.
Following COVID-19 parodical there will be no potluck on March 7th, masks are required upon entry and social distancing during
EGO-JUDGMENT VS. RIGHTEOUS-JUDGMENT…
Like Charlie Brown, the Charles Schultz cartoon character, I say, “Good grief. Where did February go?” I’m happy that I stuck
with one commitment I made to myself: to find time to write something, however long or short, every day. I have kept that promise. On that odd day when it was not upheld, I made no excuse. I made
up for it as soon as I could. That was part of the bargain, as well as letting go of self-judgment.
Spiritual teachings all assure us that judgment is God’s territory. However, if you think about it, there’s sometimes a blurred
line between ego’s judgment and what the Bible describes as righteous judgment. We tend to get caught up in vindication.
We often feel justified for a sudden outburst of emotional reaction in which unkind words are spoken or misguided actions takes
place. Emotional well-being is a state of mental and spiritual peace. This is the time to recognize that you have the emotional strength to deal with whatever crosses your daily path. This
will help instill a healthy attitude of self-awareness.
Nowhere is there clearer evidence of our failure to heed the instruction as written in the Book of M’t 7:20: “Judge not, that ye
be not judged,” as soon as politics is under discussion. We seem ill-equipped to cast righteous judgment on the first inkling of a possible difference of opinion. This makes it near impossible to
offer sound judgments as to agreeing or compromising on solutions.
Neither do we make any attempt to bring inner wisdom into play. This is called God’s “permissive will.” A rather sneaky way of
saying God would help if only we asked. When we don’t seek wiser assistance, we are prone to hold on to biased viewpoints. No wonder we are advised to keep our hands off judging others. We are
too often ill-equipped to navigate such tumultuous waters.
Now is always the right time to turn harsh opinions over to the
Spirit of Life. It’s never too late to admit you need guidance and know that you will be lead and protected throughout all your challenges. Judgment’s not your province until you can stop, listen
and truly consider what the other side is offering.
February is often referred to as the Love Month. Don’t let go of this month until you commit to extending that love throughout
each month of this young year and onto all that you say, do and think—including politics. Spirit is waiting on your call.