When I heard someone say, “God does not make junk,” on our Marriage
Encounter Experience, I was stunned.
I’d never heard that before, but I knew it must be true. To me, that meant that no matter how self-critical I am, no matter how often I see myself as less than perfect, I know that I am not junk. No one can tell me I am, and I should not tell myself that I am.
Don’t Judge Yourself
This happened on a Marriage Encounter Experience in 1980, and it is as vivid to me today as then. I still catch myself being very self-critical, but I stop and remind myself that I cannot be junk, to lift my head, stand up and walk tall again.
Don’t Judge Others
It is also important that I apply this concept to others I may meet or know — especially my wife. I can be pretty judgemental, and need to remember that because “God does not make junk,” I shouldn’t make that judgment about someone else I may find annoying or unappealing.
On our Experience in 1980, I felt as if the cable that tied me to the huge boulder I was dragging had been cut, and I was free from that terrible weight. It was like walking from a dark cave into the sunlight.