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|One Sunday after church, my daughter, Emma Grace, came into my bedroom to talk to me. She was getting all bent out of shape because she felt that she was purposely being overlooked for something by some other people. Now if I felt like she was really being mistreated, I would have been all over it. But in this case, things had less to do with Emma Grace and more to do with a dysfunctional situation. And, I sensed that Emma Grace’s dissatisfaction was out of a selfish spirit. She was passing judgement on someone else without knowing it. It is so easy for us to pass judgement especially when we believe that someone has wronged us and without knowing all the facts surrounding the circumstances. So after she was done ranting about this somewhat trivial situation and her somewhat selfish point of view, I said to her “Emma, just because other people are “jacked-up” doesn’t mean you have to be. You need to UNJACK YOURSELF!” My wife laughed and said that would make a great blog post! I had to agree.
I am sure we have all heard the phrase, “Jacked Up.” I’ve even caught myself numerous times, saying things like, “What a jacked up thing to do or why does he or she put up with such a jacked up person.” I wondered how this term came about? The thought of a automobile with a flat tire jacked up came to mind. Maybe the inventor of the car jack was named Jack. Right? Wrong! Interesting enough a car jack is used to fix something on an automobile that’s broken and in need of repairing to bring it back to a standard of road worthiness again. This is just what I meant, when I told my daughter she needed to “unjack herself.” She needed to examine herself and bring herself back to a place of road worthiness. Rather than cruising down the road of judgment she needed to get on the road of self-examination which is exactly what the word of God tells us to do. The Bible cautions us against passing rash and harsh judgement onto others.