We all have prejudices. We perceive and judge other people by our subconscious standards whether we are conscious about it or not. There are times that we wish we have better prejudicial notions of people – and this is what I want to share with you in this entry.
There’s this story told by Ravi Zacharias in one of his podcasts about a little boy who had lots of pretty marbles. But he was constantly eyeing his sister’s bagful of candy.
One day he said to her, “If you give me all your candy, I’ll give you all of my marbles.” She gave it much thought, and agreed to the trade. He took all her candy and went back to his room to get his marbles. But the more he admired them the more reluctant he became to give them all up.
So he hid the best of them under his pillow and took the rest to her. That night, she slept soundly, while he tossed and turned restlessly, unable to sleep and thinking:
“I wonder if she gave me all the candy?”
Case in point, how we look at other people is how we perceive ourselves in our own history portrayed in the moment of your scrutiny of that other person. The boy thought that the girl hid some of her best candies too even though she did not – because he knew he hid some of his best marbles.
Improve your perception of other people by improving your own self. How you will perceive another person’s character stems from your own character. How you perceive another person’s integrity stems from your own integrity in light of the current situation.
“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:14
Your perception of other people is important.