I will open and honestly admit to you that I am not the perfect person. Just as I am not a perfect Mom, daughter, wife or friend. I don’t believe anyone is perfect and I believe we could all do different things to be better people. Sometimes all it takes is that sobering moment to help snap things back into perspective.
That doesn’t mean though that we shouldn’t try to be the best version of ourselves.
My Sobering Moment
A few days ago I was on my way to get Dylan from daycare and needed to stop at the gas station on the way to fill up before I went to get him. (One less kid to drag into a store is always better.) I pull up and start to dig through my diaper backpack to find my wallet. As I am doing this a younger adult pulls up beside me at the next pump. What gets my attention is that he is playing louder rap music, which makes me look over.
I get out of my car and it just so happens he is also getting out of his truck to go inside. I look over and politely smile at him (because that is how I was raised and it is the polite thing to do. READ: Pet Peeves) When I do this I notice that he is wearing his baseball hat crooked, his jeans are being held up by a belt that has them snuggly fastened right below his butt. However, he is still holding onto his pants with one hand. In my mind I have already done what most would probably have done too.. I have “summed” him up in a matter of moments.
I keep walking towards the building and this is when he says to me, “Oh Ma’am!” I turn. He continues, “Let me get that door for you, you have a baby and everything. It’s the least I can do.”
This is when “My Sobering Moment” occurred. I had judged this young man and chalked him up, I had judged a book by its cover and all too quickly.
A whole new set of thoughts start running through my head. Who am I to judge someone else? So what he likes rap music? Yeah, maybe I don’t care to know what type of underwear he prefers, but at least he is wearing some right?
I realized I was wrong to do this. There I know at least 4 Bible Verses that come to mind about judging others, by appearance and that we are not the ones to judge another. But there I was doing it anyway.
Again, I am only human and I know I am not perfect. But moments like these, sobering moments, help keep things in perspective for me and remind me the kind of person I need to try to be.
Happy Friday Y’all!