As I shopped for groceries one day, I was perceived as a thief by one person and a hero by another.
As I exited the supermarket, an employee said, “Excuse me, Sir. There are too many unbagged items in your cart.” This is evidently a strategy used by shoplifters. When he saw that they were products too big to be bagged, he apologized and sent me on my way.
In the parking lot, a woman glanced at my gold embroidered sportsman’s cap. Mistaking it for a military hat, she said, “ Thank you for defending our country!” Then she walked away.
The supermarket employee and the woman in the parking lot had each formed hasty conclusions about me. It’s easy to form opinions of others based on first impressions.
When Samuel was to select the next king of Israel form the sons of Jesse, he too made a judgment based on first impressions. However, God’s chosen was not any of the older sons. The Spirit told Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature” (1 Samuel 16:7). God chose David, the youngest, who look least like a king.
God can help us view people through His eyes, for “the Lord does not see as man sees; … the Lord looks at the heart” (v. 7). – Dennis Fisher
If we could view through eyes of faith
The people we meet each day
We’d quickly see God’s gracious hand
In all who come our way. – D. De Haan
First impressions can often lead to wrong conclusions.
- November 29. Vol. 21, Our Daily Bread