Let me tell you a true story, and it’s a great one. A man was flying from Atlanta to Chicago. There was one stop in St. Louis on this flight. The attendant explained there would be a slight delay in St. Louis, so if passengers wanted to get off the aircraft, the plane would reboard in 50 minutes.
Everybody got off the plane but one man. He was blind. Another passenger had noticed him as he walked by and could tell the gentleman was blind because his seeing-eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of him. He could also tell the old man had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached him, calling him by name. “Hey Keith, we’re in St. Louis for almost an hour. Do you want to get off and stretch your legs?”
The blind man replied to the pilot, “No thanks, Bill but I think my dog would like to stretch his legs. Duke doesn’t like these long flights.”
Now picture this: all the passengers from that flight in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw their pilot walk off the plane with a seeing-eye dog! He was also wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they even tried to change airlines!
Most of us have lived long enough and are wise enough to know that not everything we read or hear or see it the total truth. With your friends, your family, your neighborhood, at your job, and in our great church, realize there’s always more to the story than you know. Don’t jump to conclusions. Believe the best about people whenever possible (check out 1 Cor 13:4-6). Be a peace-maker and not a trouble maker. And by all means, absolutely refuse to gossip.
Now, ever so often recall this story of the pilot with the seeing-eye dog and sunglasses. Then remember that things aren’t always as they appear. Have a great day and keep the faith.