Jesus Does Not Judge A Person By One Season-And Neither Should We :)

From Worthy Devotions:

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

“We came across this powerful story and wanted to share it with you.Dead Snowy Tree

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted them to learn to not judge things too quickly, so he sent them each on a quest to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. He sent his first son in the winter, his second in the spring, his third in summer and his youngest in the fall. When they had all gone and come back , he called them together to describe what they had seen.

Green parkThe first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no – it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

After hearing all his son’s responses, the wise father replied, “Sons, you are all right — because you have each seen only one season in the tree’s life. But you cannot judge a tree, or a person, or anything else by only one season. Most things can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons have come to pass”.

When I read this devotion, I can’t help but think how true it is-and how comforting.  I know that I myself have a tendency to worry about those I love.  Our husbands, our children, our family and friends.  With so many people that we love, there’s always some that are doing great-and there always a few that are struggling.

And when it comes to our children especially, there are simply no words that can really explain just how muchiStock_000002462782XSmall we love them.  And as they grow up, there are times we can’t help but worry about them.  Are they on the right track?  Do they have the right friends?  Are they truly learning to love the Lord?  Have they found the kind of faith that will light their way both here and through eternity?  The kind of faith that can never be taken away or torn down?  And as they grow, there will be days when we look at them amazed that someone so wonderful could be our child!    And there will be times that their love and thoughtfulness will bring tears to our eyes.  But there will also be days when we worry and wonder if they will find their way. And there will be days when we are frustrated and angry with them.

heavenAnd it’s on those days, the hard days, that we need to hold onto this reading, because just as it says above, no man is judged by just one season.  And we need to remember that when we are worried about someone we love, whether it’s our child, our husband or someone we love, Jesus loves them even more than we do.  And just as we will never give up on them and just as we will always love them-so will He.  So if there is someone in your life right now that you are worried about, remember, “With God All Things Are Possible”, and this life is a journey with many seasons.  But for those who follow our Lord, regardless of the seasons, our journey will end in one place-in Heaven.

Author: Theresa

ABOUT THERESA Happily married to Bill for over 30 years and Mom of two amazing children. Co-Founder and Past Director of Moms For Ohio, Theresa led the passage of legislation for the Ohio, and one of America's first license plates that says "One Nation Under God", in honor of God's place in our country and our country's history. One of the only known specialty license plate efforts that raised absolutely NO money for any group or individual, the license plate effort was simply about doing what Americans have always done best, standing up for what is right. Theresa has also testified before numerous House & Senate Committees in support of pro-family legislation including a bill to require all Ohio public schools to post donated copies of posters that say "With God All Things Are Possible" and "In God We Trust" in Ohio schools. Thousands of posters have since been donated to schools across Ohio. Partial List of Efforts Supported By Members of Moms For Ohio: One Nation Under God Specialty License Plate, first in the country, only one not to raise money for a cause or group “In God We Trust” & “With God All Things Are Possible” posters in Ohio schools School Choice For Inner City & Failing Schools Jessica’s Law Community Defense Act Local Child Safety Laws Internet Safety Laws Local Economic Development Issues Support for Local & State Police Officers Smoke Free Ohio Free Public Records Seminars Free Media Relations Seminars Ohio Marriage Amendment A website with millions of hits which over 70 countries now visit Support & Endorsement of Local & State Candidates. The vast majority of which won their races. Public Service Awards Programs recognizing elected officials, teachers, non-profits and police officers for their service to state and local communities. National, state and local TV, radio and newspaper interviews supporting both God’s place in our country and in our country's history. Recognizing that there is good in all people and that God loves every single human being and calls on us to do the same, members of Moms for Ohio enjoyed working with families and legislators throughout the state, regardless of which side of the aisle they stood on, which religion, race, or walk of life they came from. A voice for families throughout the state, members of Moms for Ohio shared one common goal, a desire to give their children a life anchored by faith and family and lighted by their hopes and dreams for the future. And a willingness to work together to ensure that the traditions and values that built this great country, family, faith, and freedom, would live on for their children, and their childrens' children. No member of Moms for Ohio was ever paid. All were volunteers. FAVORITE QUOTES • "Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. That's where our hope is in this country, and that's where our hope is in life." -Chuck Colson "If we are not "One Nation Under God", we will be one nation gone under" -President Ronald Reagan "Favorite Quote: ""Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." -President Ronald Reagan