I might have been wrong about you?
Have you ever had a first impression that ended up being wrong? You met somebody and at first, you just couldn’t stand them. Then before you know it, you had to humbly admit, “I might’ve been wrong about you?” That happened to me and that person was my wife!
When we first met she was the director of alumni at her college. I was playing drums in a band booked to play their homecoming festivities. After meeting each other for the first time we were not impressed. I left with the impression that she was a mean, really bossy, chick. Her first impression of me was, pretty much right on! She thought I was an arrogant wanna be rockstar.
Fast-forward about a year from that first impression and we end up moving to the same town, living in the same apartment complex, going to the same church, and working at the same place. Our lives became completely intertwined. And wouldn’t you know it, after a few months we both had to humbly admit “you know what? I might’ve been wrong about you”. In a year we went from, “I can’t stand you! to “I can’t live without you. ”
It can be really difficult to admit that you’re wrong. In the case of my wife, I’m really glad I did. I’ve also found this to be true in my relationship with God. Many of my first impressions of who God was, or how He felt about me, or what his agenda was for my life, were dead wrong. In fact, if there’s been one consistent in my spiritual journey it has been the need to admit to God that I was wrong about him. I keep thinking he’s mad, or mean, or vindictive, or vengeful and he keeps being patient, kind, gentle, forgiving and full of grace.
I’m glad I took the time and the risk and got to know my wife . Getting to know her well enough to realize my first impression was wrong, was the second best decision of my life. So, what’s the best decision of my life? It’s the decision I made to get to know God well enough to realize my first impressions were wrong.
So what about you? What is your first impression of God? I want to encourage you to take the risk, embrace humility and consider you might’ve been wrong about him. You never know, in a year from now you may move from feeling like you can’t stand him, to realizing you can’t live without Him.
Here’s a challenge to consider. Try reading the Book of John in the Bible over the next 21 days. That’s just a chapter a day. Read the book of John just to get to know Jesus. After the 21 days I wonder if some of your first impression will begin to change? If so, I would love to hear from you!
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