From Libby Holderness, Chaplaincy Administrator:
1 Samuel 16: 7
“Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I’ve been struck by preconceptions a lot recently. There have been many incidents where I’ve thought badly of people based on my personal history and events from the past, which have continued to affect my present. But I’ve discovered that some are unfounded, and need to be rectified. The shifty-looking youths hanging out round the off-licence at night-time making jokes and noise turn out to be the sons of the senior server at church, and are buying cheap lemonade. The scary, big guy with his eyes partially obscured and scruffy clothing is my neighbour. The young lady who is researching options for getting rid of her unborn child is a confused friend of a friend. The fat girl who won a modelling competition, portraying a bad image of unhealthy eating and lack of exercise, has actually done an amazing job at getting so far with her history of mental illness. I’ve been aware of my preconceptions a lot recently and am seeking to amend that.