Never judge a book by its cover. It’s one of those sayings that you probably heard growing up just like I did. Despite being told that over and over we still do it, don’t we?! Not long ago I was in a drive thru lane and I found myself thinking about the person in the vehicle ahead of me based on the stickers on the back of their bumper.
I think it’s interesting that we can feel an emotion, both good or bad, toward a complete stranger just by seeing a bumpersticker on their car. Sports team we love or dislike. Political candidates we support or oppose. School names and favorite vacation spots. Even the little stick figures that represent our family members & pets say something about us!
Likewise, people can judge us, and often do, by only what they can see. What clothes we wear. The car we drive. We all do it. Snap decisions based on very little information. 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) sums it up, “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
My prayer is that God would help me to see others through His eyes. That I would reject the quick temptation to judge by what I see. I pray that God would help us to choose to love like Jesus and leave the judging to God. One of the many things I love about what happens the more that we love like Jesus….the more others want to know the One who IS love.