Our discussions over morning coffee at Fitch’s Store cover a host of subjects. The name of a person known to most everybody at the store came up one morning in conversation. One of the fellows said, “You have to hunt for the good in him, but it is there. Remember, even a broken clock is right twice a day.” It reminded me that it is so important for us to look for the good in people, not just the bad.
In our modern world the divide between ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’, between the ‘left’ and the ‘right’ stirs deep emotions – so deep that much of the rhetoric becomes myopic and irrational. Campaigns often resort to ‘digging up dirt’ on the other side. People are demonized and portrayed as all bad – evil in intent and action. How sad!
From the political arena, that mindset has infiltrated other areas of our lives. Negativity around us abounds, lowering the moral climate of our culture. I have often heard this truism expressed, ‘There is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us that it behooves us all not to talk about the rest of us.’ An internet search proved inconclusive as to the origin of the quote; nevertheless, it purveys great wisdom. Oh, that we might apply that truth today.
That morning at the store, I was reminded of my personal situation when Jesus Christ found me. I was sin-stained and unworthy, yet He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs. God’s word says, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8, NKJV). That reminder was truly humbling.
May I ask, “What do you think the Lord sees when He looks at you?” It is likely far different than what you see in yourself. Go to Him. Ask Him to show you what He sees as He looks at you. “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV). When Christ comes into your life, you see yourself and others differently.
Prayer: Lord, help me to look for the good in people. Even as you looked beyond my flaws and failures, may I look for virtue and worth in others. May I see others as You see them.
~ Brother Roy