Things are Not Always What They Seem to Be // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

Things are not always what they seem to be.

In the middle of a dark, January night, Dad awakened to find himself quite thirsty. Sleepily, he
crawled out of bed, slipped into his robe, and groped his way down the steps toward the kitchen
sink. Suddenly, in the blackness, he stopped short in panic. Floating towards him was a pale,
eerie, ghostlike figure! Wide awake now, terrified squawks erupted from his throat as he
trembled in fear. Dad’s poor heart would not have lasted much longer if Mother had not laughed!
The story of Mom and her “ghostlike” nightgown will be told for years to come.

Things are not always what they seem to be.

How often do we make quick judgements about a person or a situation without really looking at
the facts? How many of the “ghosts” in our lives are mere products of imagination?

Some folks are self-appointed judges. Unfortunately, they deliver the verdict, “Guilty!”, and slap
labels onto people before examining the evidence. “He’s a lazy bum! Just look at the way he
dresses.” “She’s a snob. Why she didn’t even speak to me.”

Labels such as “greedy”, “cruel”, “self-centered”, and “incompetent” are far easier to stick on than
to remove. How easy it is for us to make judgements without knowing all the facts.

The Bible reminds us to take the plank out of our own eye before we try to remove the splinter
from our brother’s. That’s wise advice. It pays us all to realize that there’s much more to most
situations than what appears on the surface. Wisdom dictates that we look to the deeper level.

You can find good in the worst and bad in the best.

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