Assuming the Best

One thing I have noticed about people, even Christian people, is that they assume the worst. If I forget to make a call it is because I do not care about that person. If I do not stop to talk to a person then I am cold toward that person and probably angry with them. If I am out of the office then I am being lazy and not doing any work. I could go on and on. It is not just with me, but with other people to. They didn’t talk to me when they walked by so they must be angry with me. They did not come even though they were invited so they must … you get the idea.

I wonder how life would be different in the world and especially in the Church if we would assume the best. What would happen if we assumed the absolute best in the other person.

They didn’t come so they must have something wonderful happening in their life. They didn’t say hello I hope they are not distracted by something painful. If so, maybe I should pray for them. Is this how your brain works? Unfortunately it is usually not how mine works either.

So today, would you commit with me to assume the best in people. Let’s see what difference it makes.

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2 thoughts on “Assuming the Best

  1. We must become as little children, a child though born into sin is far more optimistic and about events then are adults, not only do they have an unreal ability, or if we would admit it a Christ like ability to forgive, they see and play as if all things are okay with their world. We expect the worst because we are taught that by society and the people we grew up around. The Bible is plain that we are products of our environment. Train up a child in the way they should go, bad company corrupts good morals, as you sow so shall you reap. We have forgotten that to live a negative focused life is a sin of not being in control of one’s own mind, but one that can be broken by practice. What is true, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think on such things. Expecting or assuming the best is a choice we can control, but know that it is a hard habit to change. Goes back to the bubble you talked about previously. The bubbles we form around ourselves are the influences that do and will shape our lives tomorrow. Final thought, If all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose? why do we really have to be assuming the worst? Everything God created is good.

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