For your consideration….

Today’s message is about judgment more than anything else. When we are judging it is hard for us to see that we are creating limits on ourselves. Inherent in judgment is limits and boundaries. We pass judgment when our boundaries have been bridged.

I am going to use the Women’s Movement as an example because it has been at the forefront of so much discussion lately. Pause and think about it. How far has the women’s movement come from even the 1960’s and 1070’s. Didn’t it seem like women were making real headway? How would you say we have done in the last 50 years?

I think many of us would expect that we would have bridged more gaps. And I think many women would blame men and the corporate world for the slow progress. We are asked to be honest and say is that really the truth? We are asked to consider that perhaps women are a bigger part of the problem.

The women’s movement puts limits on who can be a part of it. It is fractioned into thousands of different pieces. Imagine what it would look like if every women was valued for who she was and what she believed. Imagine if they were not judged for who they voted for, their religion, their values or their choices. Imagine if stay at home moms were as valued as business women. Imagine where they would believe if they invited both Clinton and Trump supporters. Imagine if they could belong  whether they believed in abortion or not.

Men do not isolate men. They are part of the male privilege because they were born men. They can hold any belief system they want and rarely are ostracized. Women made up at least half of the population but we fraction ourselves because we can not accept that women hold every different viewpoint. We should celebrate that. We should welcome that. Instead we fraction them off.

Each of us were put here for a purpose uniquely our own. We are asked to suspend judgment and celebrate those purposes whether they match our own or not.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take….

-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Suspend judgment and welcome and celebrate our differences.

What made me smile yesterday….

-Shannon came to the hospital just in case I needed help in getting sprung.

-Snow. It is beautiful.

-A good book.

-An early bedtime.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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