Looks Can Be Deceiving | Danny's Universe

On a warm and sunny day in the early 1980s, a pretty, young lady was working at Kentucky Fried Chicken somewhere in the Midwest. 

This was in the olden days, way back

before they changed their name to KFC.

Sometime in the middle of the afternoon, this particular young lady took the trash out to the parking lot.  

While emptying one of the trash cans, she noticed there was something stuck inside, to the bottom of the can.  She tried shaking it, but it wouldn't come out.

As she bent over to reach into the can (with her derriere pointed upward), she heard a loud, "Woo! Woo!"

She popped out of the trash can, nearly falling, and gave a very mean look to a 50-something year old man and his wife speeding away in their car.

Looks Can Be Deceiving
What she didn't know was that the man had sped away out of shock and embarrassment.  He was innocent (that time) of the silliness that had just transpired.

You see, there was a mischievous, young boy sitting in the back seat of the car, that had just sped away.  

I (I mean the boy), had pointed at the girl, and as his great-uncle turned his head to look, the boy yelled out the window, "Woo! Woo!" and may or may not have ducked down into the floorboard of the car giggling about the trick he had just played on his ornery uncle. 

Before anyone says, "I would have...(insert judgmental, stick-in-the-mud quote)" please know that it was done without bad intentions, and in good fun.  

We all got a laugh out of it for years to come.  I'm sure the young lady did too.  She would be in her 50s, or maybe even in her 60s by now.   

We all have our own points of view based on our own personal experiences.  What you may see one way, I may see another.

The lady in the story above had an entirely different view of the events than the man who was driving the car, or the boy giggling in the floorboard. 

To her, some dirty old man was catcalling her as she was leaning into the trash can

Undoubtedly she would have sworn with deep conviction, that was exactly what happened.  

She would have been 100% wrong.

The Takeaway
Our feelings, emotions, and opinions can lead us astray.  In fact feelings can sometimes change as often as the direction of the wind.  

Most of us would agree that, expressing our feelings and having emotions is a good thing.

However, if we allow ourselves to be ruled by them, free of rational reason, we will live an unstable life.

Therefore, it only makes sense that we have something stable to lean on.  For some this is a personal code, for others it is religion, and so on.

For me, the only absolute truth can be found in The Holy Bible.  It is the only point of view that is infallible. 

I have heard some say, how about where it says this or that...?  It contradicts itself!

I would counter by saying this.  I'm a skeptic at heart.  I've spent much of my life studying the Bible.  

Every time I have thought there was an imperfection, I was right.  However, lengthy study has always shown me that the imperfection was in me, and my understanding of the book.

One of the gifts that God gave us, is freedom to choose what we do, or do not believe.  I am merely stating what I believe.

If you have another point of view, that is your prerogative.  I would just urge you to think, and pray long and hard about this. 

Your eternal soul is at stake.

Thank you for reading,
Love one another 

Disclaimer: I believe the philosophy I put forth here.  I believe my points are valid.  However, all situations are not equal.  If you are in dire need, please speak to a respected faith leader or professional counselor in your area.  The thoughts and opinions here are my own and should not take the place of professional advice.

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