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Friday, February 10, 2017

Think About It

What’s Under The Shell?
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what made him or her tick? They look normal, but some how you get the impression that they’re a few bricks shy of a full load. The shell looks good but the nut inside is rotten.

It’s been said that you can’t judge a book by its cover; well the same is true about a person. You can make them pretty, and dress them up in all of the right cloths but in the end, it’s what’s under the shell that really counts. Unfortunately we often make judgments about what we see on the outside, (shell), and completely miss what’s on the inside. We make judgments about a person’s worth, education, and value simply by the way they look and dress. I often wonder what would happen if we took the time to find out who is under the shell if our perception would change.

The story of the Samaritan woman is recorded in the Gospel of John chapter 4. It’s an interesting story in that Jesus moves past the outer shell and confronts the very heart and core of the women. Most would have turned and walked away simply because she was a Samaritan. Others wouldn’t have even entered into the region that the Samaritans lived preferring instead to travel around the area all together. But Jesus didn’t do that; instead he entered into a dialog that identified her inner longings and desires. He connected with the heart of who she was. In the end, she felt validated and became eager to listen to everything he had to say. Soon she was telling all of her neighbors about what had happen and they followed her out of the village to meet with Jesus.

We often make judgments by what we see. In making the judgment we never get to know the person behind their outer shell. Sadly we can look at the outer appearance and think that everything is fine underneath when it’s not. We need to learn how to move past what we see and get to know who’s behind the shell. One of the ways we can do that is by getting to know another person’s story. We may learn that behind that shell that they’re someone just like us looking to be loved just like we are. Think about it.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Another excellent Think About It. Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

Very true, we never know what the person has been through, the hurt, rejections, lonliness, etc they're carrying deep inside of them....

Anonymous said...

Problem is no one wants to get to know anyone these days. The days of socially gathering for conversations at friends houses are over. MiMi and Big Paw use to tell me many stories of how the would visit people or be visited back in the 50-60's.

Anonymous said...

Not true everywhere, we visit people, nursing homes, those that are shut in...we bake cookies n the way we go to visit to encourage them, let them know we care n we love them....