I escorted one of our residents to “Drug Court” this morning and witnessed something awe-inspiring. It’s a program to screen, educate, rehabilitate, & monitor convicted defendants in lieu of criminal prosecution.
After the first case on the docket was reviewed and the man was confirmed to be following the plan, the Judge clapped (with gusto!) and said “Well done!” Naturally, the rest of the courtroom joined in the celebration. This continued for each individual, and it was clear the Judge truly was honoring their progress.
What a great reminder that each individual is created in the image of the Almighty and is worthy of our respect. And furthermore, when we find ourselves in a seat of judgment over others, find a way to improve their situation instead of dismissing them as a lost cause.