Judging by Pat Cummings

I’ve been to a few surf contests lately, and watching the WSL contests. But back in my college days was the last time I surfed in a competition.

How does it feel to be judged or to judge in a contest?

I guess the answer depends on the results. In my college contest, one judge scored me way lower than the other four judges did,
and that kept me from advancing (I’m still hurt…stinking judge!) As a result of that experience when I
judge now, I’m the judge everyone likes… almost always giving higher scores than the other judges I’m
working with. What’s been your experience?

When judging, I feel powerful and in control. People look up to me because they think I know what I’m doing. I feel respected. When being judged, I feel like someone else has power and control over me. I feel looked down on, and at times disrespected.

Jesus talks about judging in the beginning of Matthew Ch 7 saying “Do not judge, or you too will
be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it
will be measured to you.”
He then continues to talk about judgmental people, who are so harsh in their judgement of others that
they are like someone who is trying to remove a tiny speck out of your eye, while they have a giant plank
sticking out of their own. That would be ridiculous!
There’s a principle here for me to apply way beyond judging a surf contest. “The same way you judge
others, you will be judged.” So, how do I want to be judged? With mercy, empathy and
compassion! I’ve never said “Throw the book at me…I deserve your harshest, most ruthless judgement!”
I always want mercy! So, to get that, I need to give it. The law of the harvest is this: what I sow; I’ll reap.
Give a wave, get a wave. Share a word of encouragement, get one back. Love and respect others, so that you might receive that as well.