I remembered a little story about the owner of a manufacturing company who decided to make a surprise tour of the factory.  Walking through the warehouse he noticed a young man lazily leaning against a packing crate. The owner angrily said, “Just how much are you being paid?”
The young man replied, “A hundred dollars a day.” The owner pulled out his wallet, peeled off five 20 dollar bills and shouted at the young man: “Here is your pay for today – now get out and don’t come back!” Without a word the young man stuffed the money into his pocket and left. The warehouse manager, standing nearby, stared in amazement. “Tell me” demanded the owner, “How long has that guy worked for us?” “He didn’t work here,” replied the manager. “He was just the Fed-Ex guy delivering a package.”
Sometimes I jump to a conclusion about a person or situation without gathering the relevant information. I’m guessing, at some point in life, we all have done that. On this beautiful fall morning, sitting outside, sipping on some tea, I’ve been pondering the difference between jumping to a conclusion and making an accurate assessment. It seems to me that jumping to a conclusion is based on insufficient information while making an accurately assessment involves sufficient information, data, facts, knowledge and personal awareness.
Is there enough information about my faithfulness to indicate that my future choice is to live more faithfully or because of insufficient information will a conclusion be tendered?   After too much time pondering, I believe that a more accurate assessment is to understand that previous acts of faithfulness will always indicate a greater desire to live faithfully.  We are doers of the word.

Scripture Reading: James 1:22
“But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.” 

Reflection Questions:
What reasons/information enable us to jump to a conclusion?
What does faithfulness mean to you?
How are you a doer of the word?

Prayer:
Holy God, help me to remain steadfast in doing the word, in living with a deeper sense faithfulness in the days ahead.  May my past choices of faithfulness point toward your will and ways. Amen.

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