Jeremiah 11:18-20 ("To you, Lord, I have entrusted my cause")
Psalm 7:2-12 (O Lord, in you I take refuge)
John 7:40-53 (Nicodemus' challenge: "Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?")
Today is my son's seventeenth birthday. It's been an awesome one to him thus far. He received a long-awaited accessory to his Wii console and couldn't wait to use it.
A short time ago, he found out he could download customized Mii characters that others with the system created. Among those he brought in: a Jesus Mii. Jesus is now playing trivia games and has a spot in the Wii Fit lineup - and the console nags Jesus if he hasn't had a workout in a few days.
I wonder how many times over the course of these last seventeen years - not to mention all the years before them - that I have passed judgment or sentence too quickly, without enough consideration of circumstantial knowledge or facts? Or even with total disregard for any evidence that might prove me short-sighted?
To be sure, I've done this many times, even as I try to be careful in having to make decisions affecting others. I'm sorry for each and every time I've done this, and I will continue to work on building discernment and patience in all my decision-making.
As I write, we've been out of bed about three hours and son is exuberant. I'd love to be able to harness his energy at the moment for as many good uses as possible. The world needs this kind of unbridled joy. Each person needs to know beyond doubt that he or she is loved beyond measure. Each person should be able to dream big, yet revel and rejoice at the simplest thing.