I’ve discovered that my first thought or feeling about an intense situation often is wrong. Wait for more thoughts. Also, slow down and gather more information.
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.
It’s easy to see something from my point of view, to assign motives and conduct a set of reasoning schematics to describe to myself what is going on…
But did I rush into judging by appearances? Did I only tell the story through my own eyes and “how I heard it?” Or did I take a quick step back to examine the big picture? A wise man once told me, “If something doesn’t look or sound right, or just seems fishy, count to 10 and look again.” Did the second look yield the same reality?
God charges us to, ” …not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” I need to slow down enough collect that right judgment. Then, equipped with this, I can accurately move the situation forward with God’s plan, not mine. In today’s fast moving world and the many ways to chat, text, email or message, it’s even more critical that I take care to communicate well. To make it my business to understand how the conversation is going in the other person’s mind.
Father, teach me right judgment and lead me with enough wisdom to see each scenario clearly and an extra helping of wisdom to overcome times when I’m dense.