Judgment isn't Our Job

Judgment isn't Our Job

It's easy to judge other people's lives without looking at our own
The prophet that the Lord sent there was named Oded and he went out before the army that came to Samaria and said to them; look because the lord God of your fathers was angry with Judah, he declined them into your hand; but you have killed them in a rage that reaches up to heaven. And now you propose to force the children of Judah and Jerusalem to be your male and female slaves; but are you not also guilty before the lord your God? Now hear me, return the captives who you have taken for he the Lord is upon you. - 2 Chronicles 28:9-11

Now it took me awhile to get this passage and unless you have read 2 chronicles you might need to go back on your own to get more information for the story. but as I read this I at first didn't quite get it but something told me that there was a message in this that I needed to get out of it.

The Lord sent this prophet Oded to tell this army that had furiously taken these people that went against God. He told them that God meant to send those people to them but they had been in the wrong to treat them as slaves when they haven't even thought of the sin they were committing.

This made me realize that we as people every day get so caught up in judging other people and how they live their lives but we don't ever look at our selves. See it's easy to look at another person and criticize their actions but it's harder to judge what we do personally.

We need to realize that God is our only judge not anyone else and we need to live only for him, not for other people's acceptance. What we also need to understand is that we as humans are all going to sin, we aren't perfect but guess what? God forgives us all anyway.

So next time you judge someone else, look at what you're doing.

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A Thank You To My Best Friend

Because you deserve the world

To my best friend:

Three years ago, when we first hung out, I never expected our friendship to grow into what it is today.

When we first met in dance class, I decided to force my friendship on you, and for that, I am not sorry. In the beginning, I was probably an annoying little pest who was two years younger and just wanted to fit in, but it is 3 years later and I would go back and be twice as annoying if it still meant I get to have you in my life.

When we met, I was going through a transition in my life where I knew it was time to leave behind the old friends in order to grow. I honestly believe God put you in my life to help me leave those friends behind because He knew I needed someone to help me let go.

Because of you, I got to experience so much more of life that I would have never experienced without you. You took me to my first high school party, I got to experience my first taste of college life with you, and you introduced me to my first boyfriend.

You deserve the world, but since I can't give that to you, I want to say thank you for a few things.

Thank you for being insanely weird and quirky.

Thank you for teaching me that it's okay to be who I am and that I don't have to change to be accepted.

Thank you for always making sure I feel included.

Thank you for giving the best advice.

Thank you for telling me what I need to hear and not just what I want to hear.

Most of all THANK YOU for making sure we never grew apart no matter what the distance between us was.

We have never been attached at the hip, but we will always be inseparable.

No one else would ever be able to get me to wake up at 7 just to put out tents, come pick them up to pay rent just because they don't feel like walking to their car, or come over at 12 o'clock at night just because they don't want to spend the night alone. I wouldn't trade our friendship for the world.

Thank you for being you.

And to her boyfriend, you deserve a thank you too. Thank you for not taking my best friend away from me and for letting me crash the relationship every now and again.

I'm so lucky to be able to call y'all my best friends.

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A Thank You To The Friend I Don't Get To See Enough

You're a whole lot of lovely.

Dear Friend,

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you for always being there. While we may not see each other every day, or even every month, I know, without a doubt, you are there for me.

Thank you for the ability to always pick up right where we left off, and always knowing just the thing to cheer me up when I am down.

Thank you for making me laugh, for hearing me vent, and for letting me cry on your shoulder.

Thank you for our phone calls, texts, and Facetimes for when we can't meet in person, and for homemade spotify playlists, made especially for me.

Thank you for spur-of-the moment beach trips, weekends, concerts, and just hanging out.

Friend, I appreciate you so, so much, and I cherish our friendship. I am so proud of everything that you have done, all that you have accomplished, and the person I have had the pleasure of growing up with. I don't know what I would do without you in my life, and I look forward to a future filled with so much more fun.

There is so much more I could say, because I just love you so much. But I will leave it at this: there's nothing like a childhood best friend, and I am so glad that you're mine.


Your friend

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