It happens most of the time when I choose to unfairly judge someone.
I think we need necessary humiliations when we think we’re better than others and need reminding that no-one is better than anyone else. We’re all human and we make mistakes every single day. It’s when those mistakes have a lesson to teach us that it’s important we take notice.
I went to Church last Sunday and I found myself judging people around me. I don’t like myself for it, but certain things about people annoy me or I dislike. I think it’s really because I see myself in certain people at my worst. What we don’t like in others, we don’t like about ourselves.
Anyway, I was pleased to find that I was completely wrong about the priest when I spoke to him in person. He’d appeared (in just my opinion, which is important) to be quite pretentious and condescending in the way he spoke. I think I can be quite cynical of certain people in the Church and that is something I’m trying to deal with.
In fact, the young priest was down to Earth and making great effort to speak to all people, both young and old, at the end of the service. There was me, thinking “I’m not trying to be distant and pretend I’m someone I’m not” when in fact, he seems to be doing a much better job than me at reaching out to others.
It seems paradoxical, but I was glad on reflection I was wrong. It keeps me striving to be humble. We’re not as right as we think we are.
When was the last time you had a necessary humiliaiton?