I love my husband.
I especially love my husband when he is inspired to say wise and profound statements that blow you out of the water.
That happened today in our Sacrament meeting and you can bet that I scrambled to find a pen and paper in my church bag so that I could document it before the beautiful words left my mind.
As a human being, I often fall into the trap of having negative judgmental thoughts run through my brain. I don't like it, but I am not ashamed to admit it. I am willing to bet that nearly everyone on this earth has struggled with negative judgmental thoughts at one point or another in their lives. I would like to point out that I included the word "negative" because there are obviously times in our lives where having judgmental thoughts can be positive. We have to exercise judgement when it comes to dating, choosing a job, deciding who to marry, what religion to practice or not practice, etc. The list could go on. Exercising judgment in certain situations can and is necessary to keep us on task and to help us draw closer to the Savior.
The problem comes when our brain is clouded with negative judgmental thoughts, especially when those thoughts are directed towards our family, friends, and neighbors. Those types of thoughts do not help us grow closer to the Savior, in fact, they push us further away and can even distance us from those we love the most.
As human beings- as children of God- as brothers and sisters, we have got to love more and judge less. We have to be able to look at someone and say, "Wow. I am really happy that what they are doing is working for them. It doesn't work for me, but I am glad that it is working for them." (That was inspired by a quote I recently heard form Amy Poehler.)
In short, I think my husband said it perfectly today. "Let Christ deal with the judgment piece. We just get to love. Our job is to love."
Today I have made a resolve to love more and judge less. I will not be perfect at it, however, I don't have to be. I just need to make sure that I am doing the very best that I can and my Savior's Atonement will make up for my shortcomings.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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