A Handful of Resolutions

Stop judging others.
   —Matthew 7:1

A new year is a good time for resolutions. Here’s a handful that will help us make a U-turn when we catch ourselves wallowing in judgmental mud.

I resolve to remember that I will be weighed on the same scales that I use in weighing others (Mt 7:2).

I resolve to be aware that putting someone down doesn’t build me up.

I resolve to refocus—away from the perceived flaws of others, to a mental scrubbing of my own mind and tongue.

I resolve to reverse direction—doing an about-face from what I find distasteful in a person by zeroing in on some admirable quality in him.

I resolve that when I am critical of a person—in word or thought—I will spend an equal amount of time praying for her.

Treat people as you do your pictures—
display them in the best light.

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