She has been a phenomenon in England. There is a show called “Britain Has Talent” and one person has stood out more than the others. When you look at Susan Boyle, especially when she first sang, you would have thought she would not be around very long. When she opened her mouth and began to sing, it was a powerful transformation. The lady, who looks very plain, has a talent to sing. The judges were astonished, as well as the people who were watching, to see such a display. (She participated in the finals this weekend and came in second place.) She has had some problems and is currently in a hospital.
When you look at this woman you at first might be inclined to dismiss her. What a tragedy that would be. But it goes to show that many times we look at someone and immediately form an opinion. It may not be the best of opinions because we do not know the person. We might decide to choose another just because this person does not fit our mold or our standard. That is unbiblical.
Think back about someone you met for the first time. You had never spoken to this person nor had you ever heard of their name. The first time you saw that person what went through your mind? Did you think they were filthy? Did you think they were strange in their actions or by the words they spoke? Did you ever think you would be best friends? If you are married, think of the first time you saw your mate. What was your response? That first impression is important, but we must not let that be the rule that guides us. Sometimes a person is quiet until they get to know you. It doesn’t mean they don’t like you or aren’t friendly. They may have a problem communicating. But after you get to know them they may turn out to be your best friend, maybe even your spouse.
Jesus tells us not to judge without the facts and looking at self first (Matthew 7:1-5). James tells us not to show favoritism (James 2:1-4). Be friendly and give people a chance. Isn’t that all that you desire?