Never Judge

October 28, 2008
by Shirley Dobie

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.

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Shirley Dobie <sherl@telus.net>
Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada

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