We sometimes judge things and situations all too quickly because we make the error of judging according to the appearance.
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. John 7:24 KJV
How often have you done this? Do you make snap decisions based on only a small amount of information? Sometimes circumstances can cause our mind to think things that simply are not true even though the evidence can seem overwhelming. I sometimes wonder how many innocent people go to prison or to jail because of this very thing.
I’ve been guilty of the same in the past, however over recent years I’ve worked on training my mind differently. Just today I had a situation that challenged that. When I went out at the end of the work day to load my truck at a construction site I was working on, I noticed a cigarette butt on the floor of my pickup truck. Since I leave the windows half way down I thought that possibly one of the men from the other crews had put it there. I began to speculate as to who may have done such a thing. The heating guy had come in last and he had been a known problem with this particular General Contractor’s jobs. It seemed obvious that it could very well have been him. There had been an incident where some of their guys had been smoking on the job and I can’t be around it due to sinus problems, also it just isn’t healthy and also it isn’t legal here. I didn’t go to the extent of pressing charges but I did speak to the GC’s superintendent about the situation and he said he would take care of it and also told me what to do if it happens again. I think that some of their guys must have figured out that I spoke up, even though it was speculation on their part. Because of this I thought the cigarette butt could very well have been placed there by the heating guy as an attempt to get back at me or to irritate me. All sorts of things were running through my mind that just weren’t good.
Then I began to think of other possibilities. The plumbers had been there this morning and most of them smoke. The siding crew had been working out there all day and some of them smoke. It was hard to imagine any of them putting a cigarette butt in my truck since I’ve never had a problem with them. Them I began to think, what if I had stepped on the butt as I got into my truck when I went out for lunch and it stuck to my shoe. As I looked at the spot where the butt layed I saw a black streak of ashes. Now if someone had decided to drop that in there the streak would not be in the carpet. However, if it had stuck to my shoe as I got into the truck and my foot moved inside it would have set on the rug and slid a little bit as I climbed in, making a skid mark from the burnt end of the cigarette.
Interesting isn’t it? I felt foolish because I know better than to speculate to begin with, but something inside us still wants to know what happened, who dunnit and how did it happen. I was content with the fact that I actually put the butt there myself unknowingly after examining it closer.
We are victims in this flesh, yet we can change that if we train our minds.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Elohim. Romans 12:2 KJV