When we meet someone for the first time, it takes our brains seven seconds to compute a “first impression.” In this short time, we form an opinion based on their appearance, body language, demeanor, mannerisms, and even how they dress. These first impressions are nearly impossible to un-do.
While this may be scientifically proven, the truth is; our first impressions often end up wrong. Our eyes can’t see deep inside a person’s heart, and our minds can’t read their thoughts.
We don’t know the trials and challenges they have faced and over-come. Within each person, there’s a story waiting to be unleashed. Life consists of struggles, pain, trials, good and bad, failures and accomplishments.
Some people are inspired to openly share their lives; but others feel embarrassed, ashamed, misunderstood and vulnerable.
Our first impressions aren't truth but only a perception. No one enjoys rejection or disrespect because of misconceived ideas or opinions. If we want people to be real with us, we have to stop judging. If we want people to be honest, we have to start believing in them. If we want intimate relationships, we have to break down walls by opening our hearts. We can love sacrificially by giving our time to listen to someone. This shows our support and that we care enough to make a positive impact. We are called to freely give mercy, grace, and understanding. We are the hands, feet, mouth piece and heart of Jesus. Every day we wear a spiritual name tag that reads, "Representative of Christ"; meaning we are to represent Christ with integrity, honesty and non-judgmental love.
"We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20)
From this day forth let us reconsider our “First Impressions”, and allow our hearts to receive “God’s Impression.” This is a choice we make by opening our hearts and minds to see people the way God does. May our hearts be full of love and understanding showing compassion; our mouths speaking words of encouragement, kindness and truth; and our hands and feet going where we can serve and reach others. May we glorify God and shine brightly as a Representative of Christ in all we do and say.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34)
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