I struggle. I struggle a lot. I struggle with judging everyone I meet. I judge them based on their clothes, what they look like, what greek letters they wear. I judge people based on first impressions. I use the eyes You blessed me with as weapons of deciphering those I talk to, judging them based on fleeting characteristics of the world.
I continually stereotype people based on their outward appearance. If a member of the opposite sex is cute, I will give them more of my time, energy, and affection, as opposed to someone I don’t view as physically attractive. I see certain greek letters, and stereotypes judging them and my view on them overflow my thoughts–when I don’t even know them.
The society I live in tells me presentation is key. The eyes are used daily in the world to determine if I want this person as my friend, spouse, worker, and so much more.
I see people for what the world sees, and I’m tired of that, God.
Lord, teacher, wonderful counselor–I am here to ask You for Your eyes. I want to see the world the way You see it. I want to see Your creation the way you designed it. I want to see people for their heart. I want to immediately love each person I encounter, not immediately judge.
Your eyes, my Lord, are full of acceptance, love, joy and empathy. You see the whole story. While I over here, Your imperfect creation, see people for the way the world sees them.
I see the mean girl, You see the insecure child searching for validation. I see the egotistical player, You see the child lost in a world of temptation and sin. I see the awkward loner, You see a wonderful child overlooked by a world of judgement. I see the girl not skinny enough or pretty enough, one with insecure thoughts, and You look back at me in the mirror and see a beautiful child who doesn’t know where her worth comes from.
Lord, tonight I confess the sins my eyes have caused. I pray I may gain Your wisdom, Your eyes of empathy and compassion, and that I may look at Your creation and children the way You do. I pray I see others for what they are worth, and I see myself for what I am worth.
Give me Your love for humanity Lord, Your compassion for those who are lost, and Your ability to see the full story.
This post was very personal, and was me confessing sins I struggle with the most. I pray we all can ask the Lord tonight for His eyes and ability to see past worldly standards.
Never forget the creator of lunchables, beaches, and puppies created you and me–and that is something to praise Him for.