Tuesday, September 25, 2018

No More Assumptions


Your parents are married? Your childhood was perfect.

You're rich? You are content.

You're smiling? You must be happy.

You're quiet? You're antisocial.

You're anxious? You're not trusting God.

There are so many assumptions that people make that are just not true. None of us know what someone else is going through, not unless we really talk with them and get to know them. We don't know what kind of struggles they face. We don't know what might be hiding behind a smile. We shouldn't jump to the conclusion that because someone grew up rich or with married parents that their life is good.

Everyone has a different story. There are things that go wrong in each of our lives. And some people are better at covering up their struggles than others.

We shouldn't make assumptions about one another but we should take the time to get to know one another. We should show grace to strangers. We should be kind.

We should always treat others how we would want to be treated on our worst days. We should remember how many times we have faked being happy, how many times we have barely held it together, and we should be kind to everyone we see.

Spread a smile. Say a kind word on social media. Do something nice for someone you know or a stranger today.

Stop making assumptions but know that everyone is going through something. Know that everyone needs a little help. Everyone needs a little love. Show them Jesus.

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
John 13:34-35

By Bethany Acker, Co-Author of No Longer Broken

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