There are certain things I will not do. I just won't. They don't fit in with my personal belief system, and the sense of conviction I feel when I think about doing it, tears me up inside. These things may not be the tiny-est of a big deal to others. I'm going to use examples here in order to prove my point.
I won't wear shorts in public. I used to. There was a time when I did. I just feel as if it's inappropriate at this time for ME to do so.
I don't drink alcohol. I just don't. I have in the past, but again, I feel convicted about it, and it isn't something I'm "supposed" to do anymore. I was never a big drinker, but now The Man and I are both teetotalers and have been for oh about the last 14 or so years.
I don't go out without The Man, and we've never spent a night apart in 19 years....not one.
I don't read sexy books (romance novels). I used to.....used to really enjoy them. But several years ago I began to feel really convicted when I would pick one up. I began to read the "story" and skip over the sexy parts, and then even that made me feel convicted so I don't read them any more.
There are a lot of other things I could blather on about, but here is the point of my entire post.
There is NOTHING wrong with a person wearing shorts in public. Not...one...thing. As long as your personal convictions aren't telling you it's wrong, then go for it. I don't judge you. I don't particularly care what you wear to be honest. Now I may make an internal comment to myself, or an external to The Man or The Youngun, but that's it and it's gone. And that's because I'm human.
There is nothing wrong with alcohol in moderation. Not one thing. I don't care if Joe Joe down the street loves his beer and ends every day with one. Don't care, none of my business and the fact that I choose not to partake doesn't mean that I think I'm better or that I'm passing judgement.
There is nothing wrong with a husband and wife spending time apart. Vacations apart, girls night out, guys night out, whatever. Nothing wrong with it, if both parties are willing and happy with the arrangement. The Man and I have certain expectations of our marriage that we have talked about, discussed and that have evolved over our 19 years (next month). You should have your own expectations that you've discussed and they are probably wildly different than mine. Again, as long as you aren't doing anything that pricks your own personal set of convictions then you are probably fine.
What in the world is the point of this post?
It's my prayer that I can stand on my convictions, and stand by my beliefs without passing judgement on others who believe/behave differently!
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.Romans 2:1