The world is naturally a beautiful place. Traveling the globe and exploring creation is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I love mountains and oceans. I love exploring remote wilderness landscapes. I love the starry sky on a moonless night far from civilization and unfettered by light pollution.

But the world also has a lot of problems. Isis. Ferguson. Economic fears. Geopolitical brinksmanship. Ideologues taking hostages. Nuclear tensions. The list goes on and on.

So often people seem to mess things up. Essentially, the roots of everything that is wrong on earth ties back to humanity, and in particular the inability of individuals to understand one another and themselves. It is easy to hate someone else when we don’t know them. It is even easier to hate others when we don’t really know who we are ourselves.

The world would be a markedly better place if we all heeded the words of the Apostle Paul, who said, “But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged” (1 Corinthians 11:31).

The problem with this world is not humanity, but our own tendency to overlook our individual need to “judge ourselves rightly” before we jump to judgement of others.

As Aristotle wisely observed, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Perhaps we should all slow down and examine our own hearts, minds, souls, motives, biases, judgements and character. The world needs less people pointing out the problems of others and more people working on eliminating the problems in their own souls.

I am committed to trying to judge myself rightly, before anyone else. I challenge you to join me. Together, we can begin making the world a better place for those around us… I think that will make us all One Grip Higher.

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