|Franz's Symbol of Wisdom|
The truth is, if we listen to rumors and gossip we come to conclusions and may never know the real truth, or all the facts.
The sad thing about such a situation is that we build an opinion about a person. Opinions often become a picture of the other persons character and integrity; which is sad.
We all know once we judge, or conclude on a persons character, we as humans will hardly ever change our mind. As a fact, we look for the flaws we based our characterization on to verify our opinion of that person.
We have a saying in Germany: (I'm translating) "If a person has lied to you once, you will never initially believe in him again, even if he speaks the truth."
This opinion forming starts as soon as we meet the person. It also works the same way as ones grandchildren grow and leave an impression on you.
We recently had some grandsons over. As the day concluded, I instructed one of the twelve year olds to bring the fishing poles into the basement and lock the door. Later that night I went to the basement to see if the the door was locked. Sure enough, the deadbolt was not engaged.
The next day I went out the basement door after I flipped the deadbolt open. I started to do some chores and needed a tool out of the basement. Oops. The deadbolt might have been open, but the door was locked!
My grandson did what I asked. He did lock the round doorknob from the inside. This type of locked knob does turn from the inside, but not from the outside.
I've got to admit, in my mind I labeled the boy a little aloof, not always listening, not doing what he was told.
The fact remains, had some one else gone out the basement door before I did, I would have never altered my opinion about the boy.
I was wrong by having judged to quickly.
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" Matthew 7:3 NIV
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