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Paul Schneidmill


Week #9 down…three to go!


I suppose you may be able to remotely determine that I am elated that this twelve-week course I’ve been referencing each submission for almost the past nine weeks, is coming to a close.   


Just maybe, you might be able to tell a little.


C’mon,…it’s not showing that much is it?


I must validate and verify that the Army Management Staff College’s (AMSC) Sustaining Base Leadership and Management (SBLM) course curriculum has been challenging and daunting (that’s one of the many reasons why I pray), however, I’m grateful that I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to attend here (I can say that unequivocally – especially since all my graded requirements have been completed, turned in and accepted as passing).


The inspired (from God) idea I referenced last week that I had to write about, is the one I will share with you for this week’s submission.


For the past nine weeks, I’ve had the fortune of relating to and working with a vast array of personalities – one complains constantly and continuously, another is periodically disposed to call people names, one is given to surprising outbursts that border on volatility, and there are others who demonstrate an assortment of noticeable characteristics I’ll not bore you with.


What I’m asking from this title is if you can see your faults?  Can you see your shortcomings in the midst of observing others?


That’s what I learned recently after someone lashed out at me for an initially unknown reason.  Immediately, I was upset and personally disturbed about it.  I determined this individual was miserable, had a problem and I was going let them enjoy their circumstance.


I later learned that the person was and had been under a certain amount of stress, and though they didn’t see their error to apologize for what they’d done, I saw the real fault…and it was mine.


Without having all the facts, without understanding the root of the issue, I became selfishly upset and made a judgment about the person…a judgment that was totally incorrect.


Jesus tells us not to make judgments upon others if we don’t want others to judge us (Matthew 7:1).  I believe that admonishment is given because most judgments people make about each other are largely incorrect, unfounded and untrue.


Let’s look within before we look without.  Like me, you may be surprised what you see.



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