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Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover

As we age, each of us begins to reflect on our lives.  Every person has a different lens through which they viewed life along the way as well as how they view their memories.  Those things that we relish are the things that meant the most to us.  For a hunter, it was the largest or most difficult animal that he shot.  For the fisherman, it was the fish that took the greatest skill to land.  For the salesman, he or she will tell you of the sale that was applauded by everyone because it was thought to have been impossible to achieve.

In reality, there are also those losses that we deeply regret.  All of us had great opportunities slip through our hands.  Perhaps we were just not expecting the surprising interaction with a person of great potential.  By the time we realized who it was that we had just met, they were gone, and we had failed to “seize the moment”.  Likely, we have had job interviews that did not go as we hoped because the instant before we entered the interview, something “huge” captivated our attention and we were not at our best before the prospective employer. 

The greatest regrets that we have is when we missed great opportunities because we failed to evaluate the encounter correctly.  We may have been introduced to a person that was unattractive, poorly dressed, did not appear to be well educated, or have “much to offer”.  If we are pressed for spare time in a day’s schedule, we may greet them courteously, but move quickly from the brief encounter to the full slate of duties that is already awaiting our attention.

There is a story that has been told that in 1884 a young man died, and after the funeral his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him. With that in mind, they met with Dr. Charles Eliot, president of Harvard University. Dr. Eliot received the modestly dressed couple into his office and asked what he could do. After they expressed their desire to fund a memorial I honor of their son, Eliot impatiently said, “You know I don’t have much time today, what would you like to give? Perhaps a partial scholarship?”

The woman replied. “We are thinking of something more substantial than that…Is it possible to maybe build a building for our son?” In a patronizing tone, Dr. Eliot indicated the idea was probably a bit too expensive and he asked them to consider giving a scholarship in their son’s name and come back and see him next week when he had more time. The couple departed.

Then the next year, Dr. Eliot learned that this simple pair had gone elsewhere and established a $26 million memorial named Leland Stanford Junior University. Today, it is simply known as Stanford! We will reap what we sow.  (Copied).

Every person has inestimable worth.  When a person takes the time to speak, we need to take the time to listen if at all possible.  Hebrews 13:2 – Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Romans 15:7Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.