A Matter of Perception

It is not a secret that people may have a different perception of the dame thing. Some people are always looking down only seeing the mud; others are always looking up seeing only blue skies. Now which perception is right? Well, in a sense they are both right because they only see what they are looking for in life.

At times when we look at others we only see what we wish to see. We cannot look beyond the flesh and see the heart of the person. Jesus had the wonderful ability to look into the heart of the person. Perceptions are often deceptive. They are clouded by our likes and our prejudices. Remember when Nathanael said about Jesus, “can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” His perception was clouded by his prejudice of those from Nazareth.

A person should be judged not by their clothes, or the tint of the skin, or the size of their house, but by what lies in the heart. Isn’t that the perception we want people to have of us?

Floyd C. Johnson
Huntington Park church of Christ
Shreveport, LA

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