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You Don’t Know Her Story

Parents gathered in the entryway. Waiting on the bus that would carry them and the children on a field trip. I stand chatting with the teacher as I hear another mom saying to another “well these are my walking shoes.” I glance over to see her in four inch heels and skin tight clothes. “I usually wear five inch heels,” she laughs.

“And what does that say about you?” I think to myself.

The bus arrives and the students file on. We begin the hour journey to our destination. The children listen to and learn from the tour guide and are then released to explore the exhibits on their own.

I see the mom and her son. He remains as shy as I remember him from days I have substituted. The mom’s attitude comes across as flirtatious as I see her interacting.

My thoughts focusing on how she is dressed. How she walks.

And my thoughts are not kind.

We leave this stop on our trip and I feel that gentle tap on my spirit.

“You didn’t talk to her. You hid inside your comfort zone. Did you make an effort? Introduce yourself and ask her about herself?”

God reminds me.

“You don’t know her story.”

Ouch.

 

Too often I hide behind my shyness and make judgmental assumptions instead of looking deeper for a person’s story. Do you struggle with judging someone based on their appearance and attitude instead of remembering we all have a story?

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  • Eileen - November 3, 2011 - 7:30 am

    Great post, Amy. We tend to jump to conclusions and pre-judge people, don’t we. Everybody has a story. We need to take the time to listen.ReplyCancel

  • Carl - November 3, 2011 - 9:42 am

    Wow, Amy. How many of us have felt those feelings and thought those thoughts about someone before ever learning a name, much less a story. Thanks for a wonderful kick in the spiritual behind this morning.ReplyCancel

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  • floyd - November 4, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    I think we’re all guilty of judging within ourselves sometimes. I might be a little less prone than others, due to the fact that I don’t fit the regular Christian mold. Often in life I’ve found the ones who look less close to the heart of God are the ones who are the closest.

    It takes a mature person to admit their heart and small shortcomings, God is lifted. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Amy
    Amy - November 8, 2011 - 10:28 am

    Eileen, I am so guilty of this. Thankfully God is patient with me. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.ReplyCancel

  • Amy
    Amy - November 8, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Carl I am just thankful God is so patient with me. Cannot tell you how many times I need this kick in the behind.ReplyCancel

  • Amy
    Amy - November 8, 2011 - 10:31 am

    That is so true Floyd. The ones who by all appearances don’t fit what we think a Christian should look like are often closer than we are ourselves. Thank you so much for your encouragement.ReplyCancel