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Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality.”
- Acts 10:34 (NRSV)
When I entered the grocery store, he caught my attention immediately. The young man was of a different race than I. He had an unusual haircut and was dressed in a manner that I considered offensive. He looked out of place.
After shopping, I went to the self-checkout to pay for my groceries. Fumbling with the items and my wallet, I scanned my groceries and paid for them. As I walked out of the store, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to see the man I had noticed earlier. He handed me my wallet. I had not realized that I had dropped it.
As much as I was relieved to have my wallet returned, I was ashamed at how I had “profiled” this young man. As a teacher, I have worked successfully with students of many races and nationalities. I should have known better than to make assumptions about someone based on their race and appearance. Thankfully, God does not judge us by our appearance. I re-learned a valuable lesson that day about not judging people by the way they look.
Tim Wood (Tennessee, USA)
Thought for the Day
God sees what is inside each of us.
Holy God, help us to see the best in everyone and to look beyond outward appearances. Amen.
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