Monday, February 22, 2010

How are you Perceived?

As much as we hate to admit it, perception is everything.  No matter that there may really be nothing there, or someone is not the way that they are shown by the media, first impressions and the thoughts of those who see are there.  Especially for those who are in the limelight, or live their lives for all to see.  Everyone says that it doesn't matter what others think, but is that true?  Really?

An incident happened at the Olympics and one of the USA Ski Team Members was asked to leave Vancouver by  the USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association).  Perceptually, it was a uh-oh that obviously was not thought out by a kid.  It physically didn't hurt anyone, but because of past mistakes of other Olympians, there is now a zero tolerance to childish antics.  The person apologized, and quietly left Canada, going back to their home.  I only bring this up because I was thinking, it wasn't this person's fault that others thought the act was in bad taste, and why should they care what the USSA, Olympic committee or the fans think?

But then I come to the verses in God's word that shows us why we should think about our actions before we actually do them.

Luke 17:1-2  Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.  It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.

1 Corinthians 8:9   Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

That second verse in Luke says it would be better to die than to cause little ones to sin.  Can we take the little ones as far as saying young Christians?  Is some of your actions hurting others?  Do you realize it?  Have you thought through what your actions are and how they affect those around you?  Believe me, someone is always watching.  Someone is always wanting to find fault, someone is always there.   Pray about it.

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