You have heard the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover.” How true to ones life that is. We pick up a book ig the title or the picture on the cover catches our eye. Right! Of course we do, at least most of us do. Then after examining the cover a second or two, we open it up, thumb though it and decide whether we want to take it home and read it.
Well, we do that with people also. We first look, if it “seems” appealing…by its looks, we may take a closer look. If it seem appealing we might read the first chapter and get bored or think “this thing was not worth my time or money”. Maybe we jump to the middle and think “good grief is this going to get any better”…so we jump to the last chapter and think “oh man, it ends like this.”
Do we see a pattern here, maybe. We first observed the cover, thought we would take a chance out of curiosity and felt we got burned. But wait a minute. The first chapter, middle and last chapter was only read. We did not check out all the other chapters in between.
Some cover are not that appealing while others are too….too whatever and we passed them up or think it may be a little “iffy”, but try to take a chance that it be better than it seems. Since we are not sure, we just read a piece or two and we are not thrilled over it, so we take it back to the library or stick it on the shelf with all the lost and dusty books that we will later put in a yard sale.
So many books find themselves in a yard sale in hopes of a good home. Why? Many are not read all the way through, so they are not given the chance to show why the author wrote it the way they did. Some authors are talented to begin a book with a bang, end with a bang and smack in the middle there is still a punch to keep you going. But, if there is a drop in “umph” we loose interest, let alone starting our with that specific “umph”. In hopes to prove this book we jump to get that last punch or bang, we go to the last chapter. There have been many books that do not end as many of would like.
Read the whole thing. Stick it out. If you can not read it all at once, wait awhile come back and pick it up, start reading again and you will probably see things that you didn’t understand before and reasons why the author put some chapters in the book. Jumping to the conclusion will mess the story up also. Jumping ahead leaves us with conclusions that the author probably is not trying to leave you with.
We are God‘s books. He is the author of our lives. Ye we choose to write many of the chapters of our lives in this book, but God has the last say so in the last chapter. He also is the One that started this book of our lives, He is still there in the middle whether we see it or not and He is definitely there at the end with the finial conclusion.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Psalms 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endurethfor ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
Don’t be so quick to judge ones cover. We are deep and more detailed as we take the time to read all the pages.
*NOTE-WARNING-Remember every books cover is flawed to someone out there and so are the pages.
God bless you and maybe you show grace to one another as the Lord has shown you grace. Where there is grace shown there is where one will begin to see hope.