I had been here before and I had not liked it one bit. You would think I would have learned but I keep revisiting this place time and time again. The name of this place is "Jumping To Conclusions".
Some people rarely visit this place. These are the people who listen (or read) carefully. They pay attention and they consider each word thoughtfully. They get the facts straight before they come to a conclusion and even when they believe they have all the facts, rather than believing their conclusion, they give the person the benefit of the doubt and talk to them about it first rather barrelling into them, assuming the worst.
I am not one of those people. Sigh... I was reminded of that today when once again, I jumped to conclusions only to realize that person had no idea what I was talking about. They hadn't slighted me. They just hadn't received my message. Oops.
I could not take back my words. I could only tell the person that I had been wrong. I had jumped to conclusions and had failed to deal with the situation properly. When this happens, it does not only have an impact on us, it has an impact on others. Jumping to conclusions is unfair and no matter how much I try to justify my response, it is wrong. It is just wrong.
It doesn't matter whether I meant to do wrong or not. Contrary to what the world may say, when we do wrong, intentionally or unintentionally we must still say, those two important words, "I'm sorry"... and mean them.
As I sit here at my computer, I am reminded that repentance is more than just saying I am sorry. It means I need to change my course. I need to do my utmost to avoid coming to this place again. I know that within myself, I will come back here time and time again. This is why I must strive to follow Christ daily because when I do, I will not find myself wandering down this road again.
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"I know that within myself, I will come back here time and time again".
Was it not Paul who said In Romans 7:15 "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do"
we are in good company my friend, good company.