Critical Thinking

BY:  Amy Wagner

EMAIL: ajwagner@tds.net

BIBLE TEXT:  Matthew 7:1-5:   Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  I have met some amazing people in the last few weeks.  No…I didn’t just meet them. Actually, I have been aware of their existence for a few years now. However, I only recently really let myself see them past my initial “perception” of who I thought they were.  I was seeing them through stuck up, hypercritical, “I can’t believe you aren’t cool like me” eyes.

Do I think I’m stuck up? Not really.  Do I think I’m judgmental? Oh, most definitely. But recently God has been doing a good work in me.  He has been opening my eyes to see past some of my preconceived notions I’ve had about some people that I thought I had pegged.  I love when He does this!!  He takes something about me that is so worldly and makes a way for me to change.  He makes a way for me to “learn” how to love people better and how to be a better me for Him.  Once he opened my eyes and my heart, I began to see these people in a different light. They are actually pretty amazing and I’m thinking I could probably become good friends with them. Who knew? ………God did.

PRAYER:  Lord, I accept that I have a critical spirit at times.  It’s not something I’m proud of, but it is something that I would desperately love to release to You.  Help me to continue to grow by seeing people the way you see them, in love, and for what they truly are, not through my small, judgmental eyes. Father, I want you to be able to use me as a tool. I don’t want to miss out on knowing some truly special people just because I don’t give them a fair chance. Where would I be if you didn’t give me a fair shot? – Amen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

By the grace of God, John and Amy Wagner live in Mt. Juliet and have been married 14 years with three children (Andrew, Brianna and Alex).  They have attended Life Assembly since 2005 and serve the church within the children and adult ministries. Amy is currently a Veterinary Technician but also working full time toward a degree in psychology for professional counseling with a focus on children and teens of domestic violence and drug/alcohol abuse.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”– Romans 8:28

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