A Washed up, Worthless Wreck? Or a Faithful Servant Worn out by Service?

 



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I took this picture during a walk around the Deben estuary. An abandoned hulk the history of which I know nothing. 

It got me thinking about judgement, what is good? What is bad? How often do we look 
at a person and judge them?

 "She's no better than she ought to be."

 "He's been in prison I won't employ him."

 "She dresses like ..."

In our work places and social life how often do we judge an individual based on first
impressions? 

Perhaps too often.

Of course we need to make judgement calls. In our business and persomal lives we need 
to make decisions based on minimal input. 
As Christians we must be wary of judging people.


The Bible is very clear on this issue. Jesus calls on us not to judge our frineds, colleauges or strangers. He warns us that to do so hurts us.

 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, 
 you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention 
 to the plank in your own eye? 
 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ 
 when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 
 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, 
 and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye." 
(Matt. 7:1-5)


That washed up wreck might very well be a person who has given years of service,
has done great things. 

When we experienced the crash a few years ago, one of the issues identified was that 
companies had lost their corporate memory.
They had replaced the washed out wrecks with young, energised, ambitous graduates. 
The company had no memory of a recession.
The folk who had earnt their stripes during the past recessions and crises 
were now pensioned off, dismissed as washed up.

Maybe it's time to embrace the status quo and the exciting future 
with equal enthusiasm. The future is not a new world.

The future is the continuation of the past.

 

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