I wrote something on facebook that I have felt bad about since I hit that post button. This has taught me a few important lessons. One, I need to recheck my internal censor button. Two, I need to remember that the way something sounds in my head is not always the way a reader hears it. Three, sometimes I need to shut up.
What did I do, you ask? I made a comment about "Jesus freaks".
It was wrong to do for many reasons. There are two parts that keep bugging me. One, I offended some folks - something I would never intentionally do. I like those people. I respect their beliefs. Yet based on what I wrote, they would never know that. Two, I did exactly what I tell my kids not to do. I judged folks based on looks (the crosses on their backs), not on knowing them. I have been known to argue with my (atheist) boyfriend about his comments against those with religious beliefs but I just did the same thing! So now I'm a hypocrite AND a mouthy ass.
This doesn't make me happy. It certainly doesn't make me proud.
The lesson here? Yeah, keep my mouth shut. That's kind of obvious. Think before I speak? I should have learned that by third grade. But apparently I didn't. Remember that I don't appreciate being judged for what I do or don't believe/hair color/appearance/parenting style, etc, so maybe it would behoove me to not do that to others? Yeah, I need to remember that one.
I think the Universe is trying to teach me something. Why? Because for three nights of the last week, there has been a chorus in my dreams singing (endlessly!!) The will know we are Christians by our love. Seriously. Hopefully my lesson has been learned.