Discernment and Judgment

Proverbs 18:15 says that "the heart of the discerning acquires knowledge" and "the ears of the wise seek it out."  Over in Matthew 7:1-6, instruction is given to "take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." 

I admit I feel wobbly, walking the fine line between discernment and judgment.  I am really trying to distinguish and decide rather than just point a finger and judge someone who has fallen and is working hard to get back up.  Martha does deserve a second chance and the opportunity to turn her life around (don't we all?).  And I sincerely hope there has been a reinvention in her spirit and her character.

Martha has a lot of "good things" to offer us as viewers.  The information being delivered to us from her vast empire is mostly useful instruction, and I think there is something for all of us to learn from her advice.  I mean ... who can't use some good tips on cooking, cleaning and folding a T-shirt? 

Perhaps my questioning and struggle with her reinvention should just lead to my prayer for her, that a true heart change would be taking place.  I know I can do that without any reservations and will continue to hope that the Martha we see before us is truly a genuine reinvention. 

Because that, my friends, could be a very good thing.


"Martha" airs Monday-Friday during the day, while "The Apprentice:  Martha Stewart" airs Wednesday nights on NBC.  Check your local listings for times.