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Be Curious, Not Judgmental

I am 99.9% certain that I am not the only Ted Lasso lover in this community.

I quoted him last week on an IGTV where I continued to speak up, share my story, and shine light on the importance of caring for our mental health and the mental health of others.

“Be Curious, Not Judgmental!” is one of the most Christ-like attributes we can possess.

God does not call us to pass judgment on others. He is the only one who sees and knows the intricacies of someone’s heart and mind- therefore He is the only one that can judge words, actions, and behaviors.

Are you like me and find yourself feeling impatient, frustrated, or angered throughout the course of your day…...

Slow, distracted driver in front of you causing you to be late to work, school drop off, or an appointment?

Neighbor keeping decorations up long after the holiday has passed or not tending to their yard as you see fit?

Co-worker not pulling their weight, but always seems obliged to pass judgment on your work performance?

Boss piling more work on your shoulders because you’re the one that will put in the overtime hours to get the job done?

Partner or kids not helping out around the house enough, leaving everything for you to do?

A friend offering unsolicited advice about your parenting style?

Upset with yourself for not being a “good enough” Christian- feel as if you’re not walking your talk?

Ted Lasso would remind you to be curious, not judgmental. And, my friend, so would Jesus. His Word tells us to be quick to listen and slow to anger. This goes for listening to others as well as our own heart’s desire. This applies to taking a deep breath before lashing out with hurt-filled words toward others and ourselves.

Psalm 37:8 (NIV) instructs us to “refrain from anger, turn from wrath for it only leads to evil.”

Ted Lasso pushes us to turn to compassion and empathy when faced with strained, frustrating, angering, uncomfortable situations and interactions with others. He inspires us to seek understanding- to consider things from the other person’s point of view, to extend them grace and patience because they may be going through a very difficult time. He reminds us to treat others the way we want to be treated. We have no idea what fires they may be walking through.

I am 100% certain Jesus would agree with Ted Lasso, and I am 100% certain that I need this reminder and inspiration. May we lift each other in prayer asking God to help us see others the way Jesus sees them.

“Refrain from anger, turn from wrath- it only leads to evil.” ~Psalm 37:8, NIV

“Be Curious, Not Judgmental.” ~Ted Lasso

“Holy Spirit, hold my tongue until you have my heart.” ~Unknown

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