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Topic: Vision (08/03/06)
TITLE: The Whole Picture
By Deborah Ade
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“Wow, that back door is open!” I thought.
Logic ebbed into my thinking and as I imagined the truck pulling forward, my car became a target of flying objects. Should I back-up? Should I wait to see what happens? Or should I get out and warn the driver? Quickly my eyes scanned the area in front of me, and suddenly I realized BOTH rear lights of the truck were flashing. Sheepishly, I looked around me and carefully passed the truck that was being unloaded, noticing that no one else was waiting to turn. What a difference it made after I saw the whole picture.
Have you ever made a quick judgment call about someone based on incomplete information? Maybe you were critical of the barista that didn’t smile as she made your coffee drink, or maybe you grumbled as another driver cut you off during your commute. Did the teenager next door play her music too loud?
It is part of our nature to judge others, but if we take the time to see the whole picture; our journey in life can be smoother and maybe even more beneficial to others. James tells us in the Bible that, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.( James 1:19-20)
The barista this morning had to leave her sick child at the sitters and is feeling more than a little guilt in her heart. The rude driver was in a hurry to meet his wife who he had been missing for days on a business trip. Each time we choose to look below the surface of a situation, we give ourselves the opportunity to change and perhaps even improve another’s situation. At the same time we are living the life that God desires. We can encourage the barista; we can be polite and understanding of the rude driver.
As for the teenager next door, who plays loud music, she may grow up to be a parent and your kindness and patience with her can determine the outcome of her choices. She may learn to look at the whole picture through you.
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