The other day I was at a church and encountered a few ladies all dressed up in beautifully colored Sunday church garb. There were about 4 of them and while they were preparing to enter the church another lady came up from behind them and asked, “Could you possibly spare some change ladies?” This lady was dressed raggedly and looked as though she had been through some hard and difficult times. The church ladies heard her but none of them offered to give her anything. In fact, some even turned their heads and didn’t respond back to her at all. I felt bad about it. I began to think that the whole concept of Christ was supposed to be about “giving.” I do believe the ladies would have gladly paid tithes in church, so why not give outside of the church as well? As much as I knew Jesus never owned a church, but preached about giving. Since the ladies didn’t appear to want to give the woman money I offered her some of mine. My reason for doing so had nothing to do with anyone else. I did it because I believe giving is “not just relegated to the church.” Of course, there was always the possibility that the woman could have taken the money to buy drugs or something like that, but should it have been up to me to judge her? For all anyone knew, she might have been an angel is disguise. When people judge others based on what we observe on the surface it can be so unfair at times. For example, just because a man may be a rough looking dark skinned individual who wears hoodies all the time doesn’t mean that he can’t be well refined and educated. When we don’t know a person’s circumstances we need to refrain from acting “as if we do.” The best way to judge a person is to first get to know him or her, and when you give the benefit of the doubt then your mind will not be so closed. Stereotypes are done by people who judge you without even taking the opportunity to get to know you. Stereotypes make you blind from seeing what’s on the inside. True, there are some people in the world who will do their best to con you and take advantage of you. Yes, there are evil elements out there. However, a random act of kindness can go a long way if you are willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt. Life is special, and I believe what you put into it determines a lot of what you get out of it. I am not saying to give all of your money away. However, if you have some to spare and someone desperately needs it then why not let the goodness in your heart dictate your actions? In the meantime, maybe we should not be so quick to judge others based on “what we think we know.” In order for people to see the good in you, you need to first see the good in people. During your day today I hope you can spare a moment to enact a “random act of kindness” for someone… anyone… If you do, please take note of how you feel inside afterwards. I’ll bet it wasn’t so bad “after all…” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Radio Jock Tom Joyner (with glasses on…) along with 2 members of the group Full Force and Brett Jolly