Judging is a technical skill. Like anything else, it requires study and practice.
Parents, teachers, supervisors, even police, landlords, waitresses, and pizza delivery guys operate as judges from time to time. The rest of the time, among peers, we don’t judge; we only have an “opinion”.
If we do well in smaller courts of life and have good opinions among our peers eventually, other people will ask us to judge them. Some call this “job promotions”, others call it “getting the girl”, “respect from children”, or “winning elections”.
It starts with being serious in whatever small things we may judge. · · · →
Among many, one trait fails to set Christians apart from all others: blame-shifting. We all like to blame our problems on someone else—our obstacles, our challenges, our injuries. But, for Christians, we have one bigger problem that forbids us, supposedly, from doing so: The Doctrine of Sovereignty.
God is “sovereign”. He has power over everything—everything! Nothing happens to me which has not first passed through the approving hands of my Father. No matter how painful, unfair, inconvenient—all things that happen to me are for my own good if I am truly a Christian.
Walking your talk isn’t easy. Best to just make your walk first, then talk from it. Never make any commitment until you’ve determined that you can and will do whatever it takes to keep that commitment.
But, why is it so important to keep every commitment?
What promises are most important—promises that promise the greatest return? The most important promises to keep are whatever the most difficult are to keep. Keeping challenging promises, makes us challenging promise keepers.
Only God keeps every promise. He reserves the most promising promises for people who keep theirs, especially the small and difficult. · · · →