Look at the people around you. Look at their faces. Look at their hearts. Are they sad? Are they obnoxious? Are they hurtful? What about the kids that are running around? This one family of three children seems to be out of control, running around all over the bus. Up, down, back, forth. Why doesn’t the guy, I am guessing the dad, tell them to sit down? Doesn’t he realize the kids are bothering all of the other passengers? I have a mind to tell the kids myself to settle down.
Have you ever seen a scene like this where you were angered by someone else’s “disrespect”? Where you just wondered what in the world the parent taught the kid in the first place to even act like this?
Over the years, I have come to realize that every situation has a back story. What you may not know about the dad on the bus, who clearly did not have control of his kids, had actually just left the hospital after days spent with his wife on her last days. What you may not know is that teenager acting out, clearly with no respect for others, never had a mom or dad to teach them right from wrong, or even show them love.
Before we judge a situation, think to yourself, I wonder what the back story is. You just don’t know the big picture. So instead of judging the person, pray for the person.
Matthew 7:4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5″You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.