We can look at the grass lands, beautiful and colourful flowers brings joy;
We also can look at the blue sky, clear and white clouds, which brings many people peace…
With our eyes, we might enjoy the world God created, very much indeed. However, our eyes sometimes will cause negative effects as well. As human beings, we like to express what we feel by what we see. This is because too often we like to judge things by our eyes.
In this scenario, we also judge the other person by what we see. For example, in a heavy and pouring raining day, the water was everywhere on the street. There was a young man walking together with an older man, and the older man was holding umbrella for the young man. Because it was such a heavy rain, and the umbrella was not large enough, the older man was wet while the young was dry.
With the picture, someone may say that they must be father and son, the father did not want to the son to be wet, so he tried his best to cover his son by umbrella. What a great father the older man was.
Someone may also say that the young man should not let the older man to hold the umbrella. The young man should hold the umbrella for the elder man. What a selfish young man he was. There might be many other options as to what such a scene might reveal.
But, as a matter of fact, the reason that the older man held the umbrella for the young man was something else entirely. Actually, they did not know each other. The older man was selling vegetables, which he planted in his own garden. When it was heavy rain, he could not walk properly on the flooded street with his unsold vegetables.
At this time, this young man saw the older man was struggling, and he offered to help the older man carry the vegetables. The older man was so appreciated, so that he was holding the umbrella for the young man. One, the older man did not want the nice strange young man to get wet while helping him. Two, the older man did not want to his vegetables got wet as well.
From thos little story above, if we do not know the fact, we judge it only by our eyes, and assume many different situations. And unfortunately, maybe none of the assumed situations will reflect the fact.
God gave us eyes to enjoy all the wonderful things He created, the eyes that judge are a misuse of our remarkable eyes. We judge the people around us. They can be partners, friends, workmates or relatives. If we only based our judgements on what we see, all too often we would make the wrong judgement. If that person saw our judgemental eyes they might be seriously cut-to-the-heart.
In this world, only Jesus make righteous judgement. I for one, have renewed my heart not to make simple judgements from what we see unless I have better knowledge, but to allow my heart to sing in the joy of the Lord.
Oscar Duan is from China, he has an accountancy degree from University of Hertfordshire (UH) International campus in Malaysia, and has undertaken further accountancy studies in Australia for accreditation here. He is married to Heyley.
Oscar Duan's previous articles may be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/oscar-duan.html