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We have all heard how first impressions are important. Well I would like to share that first impression may not always be the best way to evaluate people. My oldest son L has a friend who when I first meet him screamed trouble to me . He was very stand offish and was what I consider rude. From that moment I had already decided I did not like this kid. Over the past couple years this boy has come to my house numerous times. I must say I was wrong. He seems to bring out the best in L . Often times we are all judge a little to quickly about others. Most see me as a quiet person when in fact I am very out spoken…..Once you get to know me that is. I have also discovered when we move on these first impulses we miss out on a great ministering opportunity.
Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Acts 10:34-35
As my kids are getting older and my in home daycare business grows I am coming in contact with more and more people. It is in meeting these people that I am able to be some what of a shining light into their day. I am able to show the children Godly love and treat them the way all children should be treated. By prejudging one in the first hour or so however I am not doing as I am suppose to do. I am learning to step out of my comfort zone and in doing so I am learning so much more. There is a reason each person is the way they are. There is a reason why we are all made so different. We should be taking these times to learn from each other. Show grace to each individual and provide a willingness to learn from them.
We were all put here on Earth for a purpose and reason. Yes we may believe in different things but our actions to non believers can guide them to God or can seer them clear away from God. By going on these first impressions we are limiting ourselves to how much we will actually do for a person. Or we start putting our faith and trust in the wrong people to quickly. Some of the nicest people I have met were those you would least expect. I am reminded of the phrase “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover”.
As Christians we should be reaching out to the world not judging. Pushing ourselves to reach out to those outside our inner circle. This is something that L is certainly teaching me everyday. I am sure this is a nature that I will have to fight within myself for a long time. I am also sure the older my children get the more I will encounter different types of people. But I am ready….waiting…..willing. I must say L’s friend that he has now has become like family and I am so happy that they have found each other to make lasting childhood memories with.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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