The Critic

Once there was a critic who worked hard every day,
She performed her job gladly without any pay.
Wherever she went she began with great care,
To break down another and then eagerly share.
She felt qualified on every topic she found,
Giving her judgement with a loud intense sound.
Never did she pause in mercy to think,
But quickly stepped forward raising a stink.
Many admired her ability and style,
To cut with her judgement and then wear a smile.
At the end of her days she was brought to stand forth,
And found in that moment her job held no worth.
For those before her, humbly did say,
Your work of condemning was not our God’s way.
The stones that you cast upon all that you saw,
Were cast by a hand that broke God’s law.
Did the Master not teach to love above all?
Yet you chose to condemn and ignore His great call.
In sorrow the great ones sent this critic away,
Having but little in her presence to say.
The moral of this story is to choose your work with care,
Be kind, and forgiving, gentle and fair.
For with what measure you mete, it will be measured again,
Those who loved others will become their God’s friend.

Written by Michelene Glasson

Matthew 7:1-2 "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."

"The Savior rebuked individuals who recoiled from others they viewed as unclean and who self-righteously judged others as more sinful than they.That is the pointed lesson the Savior directed to those who “trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.” He spoke this parable: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. “I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” Jesus then concluded, “I tell you, this man [the publican] went down to his house justified rather than the other [the Pharisee]: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” The message for us is clear: a repenting sinner draws closer to God than does the self-righteous person who condemns that sinner." Dale G. Renlund

This wonderful apostle of God teaches the importance of not condemning others beautifully! I am so grateful for his sacred witness of truth. I rejoice in my membership in The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints! It is a great privilege to be taught by true living apostles of God!:)

I love this song so much! It is difficult to feel like an outcast. We should make sure to help others who struggle and never cause them to feel hopeless and alone. The journey of life leaves each of us tired and worn out at times. I hope we can each recommit to love as our Savior did. I testify that loving God requires that we love our fellow men. We cannot claim to be His disciples if we hate. To hate, condemn and gossip is to follow the Adversary.

"All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny."
The Family A Proclamation To The World