We make judgments about people every day.
- the quiet person at work how keeps to themselves
- the homeless person we pass on the way to the train
- the rich person with the nice car we see as we travel on the bus
- the person from another culture who we think should be speaking English by now
- the person who looks different from us because they have tattoos or because they don’t have them.
- the list goes on.
Most of us would say, “Judge me by who I am not what I look like!!”
But do we give others the respect we expect from them?
- social status
- economic status – this goes both ways
- cultural and family background
- add your own here ___________________
Right or wrong society has taught to look at the kid with the hoodie differently that the person in the shirt and tie. Meanwhile have you seen some of the bonuses those guys in the shirts and ties took home while people were losing their life savings during the Recession?
Here’s the problem – “If you judge a book by its cover, you might miss out on an amazing story.”
If you are like me there have been times in your life that you have made a quick judgment only to realize later how interesting the person actually was. Take senior’s for example, we can quickly pass them off as being out to pasture and not give them much attention. However, I have found the opposite to be true. Spend an afternoon with a senior and get them telling stories about the past and how they view things today and you will find an “amazing story”.
Take a look around you today and consider who you may be judging by their cover. Why not do for them what you would expect if the situation was reversed? Give them some time.
Truth is you may find that your initial judgment was correct and this is not a person you would want to be around. However, you might be pleasantly surprised to find a story you never expected.
As an object lesson take a look at this video and think about what would have been missed if they just dismissed there two teenagers and not let them sing.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)