Judge me by my intent. Don’t judge me by what I did wrong, or incorrectly, ill-timed, out of character, or un-becoming…. Rather, judge me by what I intended to do, or say; that which I wanted to accomplish, that which I preferred to have done, or that which I wish I had done. Don’t jump to conclusions, and don’t let your mind go crazy looking for some outlandish reason, that I did
this…or that. Please GIVE me the benefit of doubt. Don’t judge me by what seems to be the obvious. I say all of this because ….one of my biggest problems, over the years, has been people jumping to conclusions…. Miss-understanding my intent, or looking for some error in my ways. I have found that these types of things come about, or exist, because the person who is sitting in judgment, almost always, is either envious, jealous, basically unforgiving, or more likely…just plain stupid. Me… on the other hand….well, I look for reasons to give people some slack, the benefit of the doubt, or ways to find goodness, rather that fault. I’m a person who wants to give someone a second chance. Here’s an example of my point… something that took place in my mid-teens, about 1954. My only female cousin was coming up from Miami, Fla., with her best friend, who was absolutely, the most beautiful girl in the whole entire world (remember… I was 14). When she came to visit; Sister (that’s what we called my cousin) always brought her Kodak Brownie (do you remember such a thing?) as she was photography bug. So when I came home from school, there she was, with her beautiful friend …and I was all excited and flabbergasted and I said; “Hey Sister…did you bring your Kotex?” I NEVER even got in the same ball park, much less to first base with her beautiful friend. The game was over. I never got a second chance. I never saw her again. And…. It been down-hill since. James 3:2 – Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. ….Blessings…cjlb…3/29/14.
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