I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday. And, the three Cs don’t help.

I may not be there yet

Does peace come from a critical heart?
Does progress grow from condemnation?
Does happiness erupt from a complaining tongue?

The three Cs are criticizing, condemning, complaining. The three Cs do nothing to forward my cause. They stop my progress. They seek to push others backwards. Being critical is only seeing the bad. Condemning says that I want to tear your down. Complaining shows that I’m not content. The three Cs create defensiveness. They vocalize that I am not willing to work with the other person.

How can I climb the mountain – when I’m not looking at where I’m going? How can I see the steps that have been made for me – when all I see are the problems created by someone else? How can I see the good – when all I am looking at is the bad? How can I benefit from another’s skills – when all I am doing is tearing them apart?

Seek first to be thankful and see the good that is already there.

Seek first to understand their opinion and not to impose my own viewpoint.

Seek first to see the problems as opportunities for me to help others to fight the struggles that they are fighting. All of us have our own battles to fight.

I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.

Seek first to have a balanced viewpoint so that I can know where to place my foot next.

Seek first to show loving and caring and respect.
Because God loved me before I even knew He existed.
Because God loved them before I even knew they existed.
Because God has already offered forgiveness before any wrongs occurred.

I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.

Luke 6:37-42
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure–pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” And He also spoke a parable to them: “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? read more.”A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher. “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.

Thank you Lord for always fulfilling you promise that I will have enough light for the next step (psalm 119:105).

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