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It Isn’t Always What You Think

                                                                     February 15, 2017
Dear Friends,

I looked out the window of the exercise room at the gym and thought to
myself, "Someone else has a car just like ours!"  I did a double take
wondering if Lori had come by looking for me.  Then I realized she
didn't know where I was.

The fact that our van is fourteen years old makes it stand out.  There
is no mistaking it.  There just aren't too many of them left on the road.  
So what were the chances that there would be a similar one out in the
parking lot?

Still puzzled by the mystery, I looked out about a half an hour later.  It
was still there. I glanced over to where I had parked the Prius and I
couldn't find it.  That's when it dawned on me that the mysterious van
WAS ours.  I had the van today.

Call it a senior moment. I was glad I hadn't mentioned it to anyone.  
How could I forget something like that?  Seems so silly.  That's when
it hit me that this wasn't the first time I jumped to a wrong conclusion
on something I had seen.

I think a lot of us are prone to do that.  Whether it is something we've
seen on Facebook or some event we witnessed firsthand, we make a lot
of assumptions about what we are seeing.  We develop motives, see
rationales and assess guilt.

It is easy to make snap judgments.  The problem is that they are often
wrong.  We don't have all the facts.  We only know part of the equation.  
We fill in the blanks with information that helps define our own narrative.

God tells to be slow to anger.  He tells us to hold our tongues.  He says
not to judge. He calls on us to forgive and turn the other cheek.  He
challenges us to have humility.  I wonder what would happen if we
approached life like that?

I think there would be more room for conversation, for true understanding
and for the peace and love of God to filter through all of our relationships.  
The world needs that now, more than ever.  So hop in.  I've got a van.  
Let's change the world together by embracing God's way.

God bless!  See you in church.
Cal
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