Letters to Jesus (Perspectives and Perceptions) -5
I have noticed that we humans correlate our perceptions of the exterior expressions, postures, stances, and attitudes of others with our credence in what they are saying or writing. I have further observed, in my own experience, that what I myself may have to say or write is tuned in or tunes out depending on how these exterior indicators are perceived in me. This underscores the importance of the life we lead and the example we set preceding what we say or write.
As hypocritical as most of us are, we do not tend to take seriously the orations or expositions of hypocrites. Most of us consider ourselvesfair judges of character and we make judgments even the first time we meet someone. Mentally making these judgments probably causes us to diminish the attention we pay to others. It’s not entirely fair. I know from my own experience that my initial judgments are often wrong. Different people have different inclinations concerning those to whom they would attend. Generally those to whom we would attend are those in whom we feel good about placing our trust.
If what I have deduced here so far makes any sense then it is to You more than to anyone else that we should attend most intently and continuously. If I was less of a hypocrite, had less guile in me, was totally trustworthy, and led an exemplary life of genuine truth and humility, people might attend to what I have to say. But I am not these things, so I can’t blame them. But You are all these things. Thus it isYou to whom all of us should look first.
Concerning other people, regardless of perceptions, intent should be taken into consideration. While a person’s entire life may be a struggle to overcome hypocrisy, guile, lack of trustworthiness, etc., their intentions, despite these flaws, may be very good. Therefore it behooves us to look beyond the outward flaws of others and attend to our perception of their intentions – to look at whythey are writing or speaking to us in a certain way – not to what we see exteriorly