It’s one of those quotes shared all around social media sites.
Don’t judge my story by the chapter you walked in on.
We all have a story.
Our own unique journey through this thing called life.
Throughout that journey, there are seasons.
We go through ups and downs. Tragedies and triumphs.
We tend to look at someone in the season they are in right now, without realizing or understanding what brought them to the place they are in right now.
In my own life, my friends from high school would probably be surprised, if not shocked, by some of things I’ve walked through since we parted ways.
I assume this because some of my current friends have had surprised, if not shocked, reactions when I tell them stories of some of those things.
I’m told I seem to have it all together.
No. I don’t. But I have more together than I used to.
And hopefully five years from now, I’ll have more together than I do now.
That’s the goal anyway! 😉
When we look at someone right where they are, we make assumptions, we make judgements.
Oh, how we dislike those words…..especially when those words describe ourselves!
But the truth is, we do. We decide that person must be this…or that.
And the truth is, we don’t know. We can’t know unless they tell us their story.
Whether we walk into someone’s life during a good season, or a bad one, there is a story behind their current place. And it’s a story worth telling. It’s a story worth listening to.
When we listen to the stories of other’s, we often, if not always, find something we can relate to. Details are different. Outcomes may be opposite. But somewhere within their story we find a mirror, even if it’s only a faint reflection.
We are all human. We all make mistakes. We all get things right sometimes.
Let’s learn to listen to each other. Learn from each other. And in the process, extend some grace to one another.