Letting Go of Distress about Other People’s Beliefs

Part I: Your Experience is not My Experience

It is easy to overvalue unending stability over unending change, and vice versa, if it is all you have ever known.

Part II: Why am I the Way that I Am?

When we form our whole identity around our beliefs without valuing the role of change in their formation, we lose sight of why we are the way that we are.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” -Matthew 7: 1–5 (ESV)

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