Socrates at his trial for heresy as found in Apology 38a said, “The unexamined life is not worth living as a human being.”
The first quote set me on a course to think about how humans work symbiotically either for growth and healing or desecration and decay. It is easy to be critical just for the sake of criticism. After all it is our right as Americans, I think some call it ‘free-speech.’ It is harder to be critical for the sake of wanting things to be better. Judgmentalism to damage another takes no character, honoring each other enough to look for ways to grow and improve takes wisdom and love.
As we go through life, are we cruising aimlessly or are we finding out our purpose and explioting it to the fullest? Are we looking at the ways we do things and asking if it is Father’s will or something for our own glory? Are we asking if what we are saying passes the “Who Cares Test?” Are we looking in God’s Word to see if we are continually working at conforming ourselves into the image of the Son? Are we honest and courageous enough to receive information, no matter how difficult it may be to hear, in order for us to grow?