Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5
I have often wondered why some people judge others for not being a certain way, or not having the same convictions. I have come across this many times. I would be judged for just sharing my thoughts on certain issues and my opinions or suggestions would be thrown out the window or used against me at times.
But, when God gives you a little nudge and eventually changes your views on certain issues, and your friends or family aren't on board, don't let it discourage you. If they judge you or look at you with that critical eye, stay strong. God put this conviction on your heart and apparently not on theirs, and that is ok! Don't feel unworthy like I did.
I hardly talked as a child, and, being the youngest, sometimes I was misunderstood, even into young adulthood. But, now that God has taught me that I am just as loved and that it is ok to share with others what He has taught me, I will not be silent! We all have our own convictions, whether it is to dress a certain way, no television, being debt free, certain church doctrine, being more conservative, being less conservative or raising children differently. The list goes on and on.
Do not let anyone force their convictions upon you and your family!
God will convict us on certain issues, and we should follow His lead, even if it is looked down upon by some! That being said, we should not force those convictions upon others. But, if one of your friends felt like God was moving their family in a more conservative than you direction, don't be tempted to judge them or feel guilty because He did not convict you of the same! He will open our eyes to certain things that might not be meant for others, and vice versa.
God loves us the same, no matter how old or young, no matter how we raise our children, no matter how conservative we are, or no matter how we dress. I am so thankful that He loves Susie just as much! I am so thankful that despite my shortcomings, He still reaches His hand out to me. I am humbled and in awe when He points those shortcomings out in my life. I love my dear Savior and am so thankful that He is working in my life! Who am I to judge what He is doing in others?