This is primarily for us older ladies…hopefully mature in the ways of the Lord.
The older I get, the more I realize that I make snap judgments on folks when we first meet. I think most older folks do this without knowing. Then when it is brought to our attention, we say we are just eccentric.
I find myself doing this a lot lately. I do it…and I must admit, I really hate this flaw I have!
The other day, my mind was “evaluating” someone in a harsh way and I heard God say, “Do you recall the verses in Titus 2:3-5? Let Me refresh your memory…. They say, ‘… teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.’ That is what I want from you…to be a teacher…not a judge!”
That was quite a reprimand! But yes…I had it coming!
I have lived my life and am now in my 60’s. So why can’t I make allowances for younger folks that have no experience? Why do I berate their actions, and make little room for forgiveness and understanding? It’s very unfair of me to have this attitude, for when I was that age, I made the same mistakes and wanted folks to forgive me! Yet, I can’t seem to find it in my heart to forgive them. Lord, forgive me!
I have purposed in my heart to try to do better. I want God to use me as a teacher…I no longer want to be a judge!
Today, God gave me an opportunity to give advice to a young person. When we parted, she said, “I really appreciate your wisdom!” I said with a chuckle…”No, I’m not wise…just experienced! Your story and mine are very similar!”
Remember ladies…we are to be teachers and good examples to the younger women. If we remember where and what we came from…we will be much kinder, and infinitely more helpful!