Broken. Dirty. Scared. Alone. A middle aged man, homeless, living on the streets. Everything he owns fits in a back pack.
Frustrated. Exhausted. Chaotic. A single mother, left with the duties of both parents, trying to make ends meet. Her family disowned her.
Scared. Self-conscious. Depressed. A teenaged girl, wishing to be left alone, feels like the world would be a better place without her. She cuts herself to release the pain.
Driven. Successful. Unsatisfied. A man in the prime of his life, living the life, yet feels so empty. His dreams have all come true, now what?
Everyday we walk by these people. Uninterested in their stories, their pain, their struggles. Instead we judge them for what we can see.
The homeless man looks malnourished, dirty, he reeks of drugs and alcohol.
“How dare he ask me for my money? Why doesn’t he live up to his full potential and get a good job like the rest of us?”
The single mom is in her sweats, her child is throwing a royal fit in WalMart, she’s a mess.
“That lady needs to get a grip on her child!!! Parents these days don’t know what they’re doing!’
The teenage girl wears heavy eyeliner, lots of bracelets, and can’t look an adult in the eye.
“She needs help. You can tell she’s depressed.”
The successful man looks put together. He has a way with people.
“What a nice young man! God has blessed him!’
Why are we so fast to judge a person? It’s human nature to find anything we can that’s wrong with others. Almost like a mechanism to help us forget our own, very large problems.
If Jesus saw these same people, what would he see?
The homeless man: A broken soul who has given up all hope. He has been hurt more times than he can count. All his loved ones have passed. “The streets are a sure way to not get too attached…again.” The man whispers under his breath.
That homeless, dirty man is a beloved creation of Christ.
The single mom: A brave woman who chose life. She chose to view a her unborn child as a gift. All her loved ones left her. “I made a mistake, but this life has a purpose.” IS her anthem as she tries to survive.
This single momma is a precious daughter of Jesus.
The depressed teen: A lost girl born into a dark world. Searching for love and acceptance. All she has received is judgement. “I am useless. No one would even miss me.” She writes in her diary.
This hurting teen is loved by the Maker of Love.
The successful man: A performance driven man, with the fear of failure. He has taught that if you weren’t rich then there was sin in your life. “I have to do this. I am strong enough.” He repeats in the mirror every morning.
This empty young man is treasured for his heart, not his skills.
What if we, as Christians, took the time to see those around us through the eyes of Jesus? What would happen if Christians put down their arrogance long enough to care for the broken? Love the dirty, help the hopeless? What could be changed in this world?
Jesus Himself said, “Do not judge by appearances. Who are you to judge? For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on outward appearances, but God looks at the heart.” John 7:24a James 4:12b 1 Samuel 16:7
How dare we judge God’s most precious creations: man kind? Only when Christians begin to love, with the love of Jesus, will this world change. Let us see others through His eyes.