John 7:24 – Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgement. (NIV)
Some years ago, a co-worker and her daughter were having lunch with me at a coffee shop. We were discussing Christmas preparations. This would be my first Christmas in the empty nest, and I was finding it hard to get into the mood of decorating.
My co-worker had just moved into a mobile home and really wondered where they would find room for a tree. Finally, she suggested, "Maybe they could decorate Grandma." I must have given her a funny look. How was I to know that "Grandma" was a big tropical plant in the corner of the living room? Of course, I jumped to conclusions, yet again — a bad habit I have. Many of us do this over and over.
Prayer: Lord, we just crave discernment, but sometimes, we won't accept it when it appears to us. Help us to be slow to jump to conclusions. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen.