What You See Is NOT What You Get
Yea so I tweaked that saying a little bit. I find it to be very true in a lot of different areas. People, clothes, food, people, and people….did I mention people? No one could tell just by looking at me that I use to be a background singer for Marilyn Manson. Sike. Just thought I’d emphasize the fact that judging people is futile. You never know what a person has done or been through, just by appearance.
Don’t Judge Me!
You can’t judge a book by its cover!! We’ve all heard that one before. Is this statement true? Well as imperfect human beings we automatically start to form thoughts and opinions and ideas as soon as we look at someone. We can’t help it., but, we shouldn’t let our assumptions settle in before getting to really know that person. Ok, say for instance the cover of that book we mentioned has 8 different layers of dust, the edges are frazzled, and you can barely make out the title because the book is in such bad shape. Then, you open the book and start reading, and its soooo good you can’t put it down. You forget about the condition of the book and the different layers of dust (cough). So far it’s the best book you have ever read!! NOW, what if you had just considered the outside of the book and based on the appearance, you dismissed it? You would have missed out simply because the look did not measure up to your standards. What a shame. This same concept applies to people. The only one, who truly knows everything about us inside out, upside down, right-side up, in between the creases, is Jehovah God, and there is no other. It is neither our place or right to judge anyone.
Remember the Golden Rule? At Matthew 7:12 it says “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must likewise do to them………” Those are the famous words of Jesus Christ from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus whole life was spent doing good for people. We imperfect humans need a standard to go by, someone to look up to. Jesus doesn’t need an interview to get the job, or a reference check for that matter. We should all WANT to follow his perfect example and be like him.
Change is Good!
In actuality we all change up in different situations and around different people. I believe it to be a fact that people can bring out and magnify qualities in you, some good, and some bad. Have you ever wondered what affect YOU have on people? Good question right? After we have gotten to know a person and really get a feel for them we discern what we do around that person. Maybe you have a friend that you can talk trash to, and neither of you will get offended, because both of you know it’s just fun. Then, maybe you have a friend who is extra sensitive and can’t handle the trash talk; naturally you won’t act the same around one as you would the other. Are you not being genuine? No that isn’t the case, you are being empathetic and showing a good measure of common sense. ..which is not so common nowadays. In this instance change is good.
Change Is Good?....Did I Just Say That?
Have you ever stepped out of yourself and watched how you react to certain situations and people? It can be a very interesting, humbling, or just a down right pitiful experience. I had the privilege of watching how I act around a member of the opposite sex whom I considered to be exceptionally attractive. I was amazed at how AWARE I was of stupid little things like my facial expression, or the way I was sitting, even what was playing on my radio! I had no idea what in the world was going on with me. It was pretty pathetic, yes, yes, I do admit it. I couldn’t help it though. Was I being fake? Well what does fake really mean? The definition is to conceal the defects of or make appear more attractive, interesting, valuable, etc., usually in order to deceive. Now I’m sure I wasn’t doing any of that. To be honest I felt like more of a fool than anything. That was me and I will own up to it. Now I have seen people do a complete 360 at the blink of an eye to get ahead, to get something they want or just because they can. So, let’s use some logic, if you are pretending to be something other than yourself, you are being fake, another synonym for pretend and fake is lie. Hmmm... Let’s take it to another level…if you lie, then you are a liar. Well, the bible states at John 8:44, that Satan the Devil is a liar and the FATHER of the lie. WOW, one of the worse things to be called is a liar. Once you start lying you just can’t stop. Lies, upon lies, covering lies, and covering those lies you just lied about….a big chain reaction of deceit! BE YOURSELF. If you have to get ahead or prove yourself by false means was it really meant to be? Certainly not!
In this day and age it is becoming increasingly harder to be ourselves. The media is constantly bombarding us with outrageous worldly opinions and ridiculous views about who we should be and how we should act. 1 John 5:19 says that “…the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” Yes, you are correct, that wicked one is none other than Satan the Devil, aka Father of the lie as we mentioned earlier. So conforming to this world’s way of thinking is being in harmony with Satan’s thinking and his way of doing things. Satan did not create us Jehovah God did. Would it not then be wise to ask our Creator his help in figuring out who we are, and the kind of people we need to be? Only seems logical.
We ALL have issues and individual idiosyncrasies to deal with including you who are reading this. It’s safe to say no matter how old we get or how much we grow as a person, we will always be works in progress. No one person or persons are better than anyone else. It’s much easier said than done, but we should try our utmost to not judge ANYONE. Let’s leave that up to the One who sees all things. …Me, just joking……..