Who Couldn’t Use a Little Sometimes?
In John 8:7, Jesus said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” That woman had committed adultery, but the inspiration for this post is nowhere near that magnitude or even in that direction whatsoever. The verse just popped into my head and seemed to fit somehow.
The inspiration for this blog is the seemingly natural human tendency to judge others and form opinions of people based on random interactions with them. People are often misunderstood.
Perhaps someone is having a bad day and is a little grumpy. That doesn’t mean they are normally angry, hateful people. Maybe someone is a little sad, but that doesn’t make them chronic depressives. Some people are more carefree and choose not to stress over everything, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care.
Then there are some who may truly stand to benefit from some professional psychotherapy just to talk things out and be reassured that they are not “crazy”. Some people may seem to have it all together in public but fall apart at home and constantly worry about what others think. Worse yet, there are people who assume from a person’s actions that they need professional help. It’s not their place to decide such a thing.
Picture the following:
1. A person is perceived as an attention seeker due to outrageous behavior and is outcast or shunned. Maybe that person truly is an outgoing and fun-loving person.
2. A person seems to be a perfectionist, always worried about things being “just so”. Many times this is a sign of insecurity, and that person just needs a little more assurance and recognition.
3. A person may appear lazy and not to care about anything. Often these are the people who lack self-confidence or are overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin.
4. A person may seem to have diarrhea of the mouth. Well, this one may be true. We just have to deal with that! 🙂
Never assume you have a person all figured out before taking the time to really get to know that person. I’ve seen a lot of people avoided based on opinions and assumptions, and I think that’s really sad.
I try not to care what people think of me, but I’m certainly the object of assumptions, too. I’m not an excellent conversationalist in person or on the phone. I trip over my own words and sometimes make no sense at all. So I avoid phone calls, and I’m sure I sometimes appear to be a lunatic in person. There may be a bit of truth to that one! I am a bit of a loon, but it keeps me young at heart!
Remember what they say about assuming: ASS / U / ME …