Through the Eyes of Hope
“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?”
─ Romans 8:24
“I don’t trust her,” Evie scoffed. Her friend Cammie had just introduced her to a co-worker at the local coffee shop.
“Really?” Cammie said. “You just met her for a few seconds. How can you always be so quick to size someone up?”
“Guess I’m pretty good at it,” Evie laughed. “After all the mean girls in high school, I’m a pretty good judge ….”
Cammie interrupted. “Oh, yeah! Then what about me. You were totally wrong about me. You disliked me from the moment we met, but then we were forced to be science partners and you found out you were wrong.” She smiled, “You’ve been stuck with me ever since.”
“That’s true,” Evie replied softly.
“Since you’ve become a Christian, I was hoping to see that change. God gives us second chances. He sees us through the eyes of hope – not who we are in our sin and confusion, but who we have the potential to become. Is it too much to ask that you give others the same courtesy He gave you?”
Evie knew her critical attitude toward others irritated Cammie, but she had never spoken up about it so strongly. “I’m sorry,” she said. “Thank you for caring about me enough to tell me the truth.”
Sometimes it’s easier to point out what we don’t like about someone, instead of seeing the good in them. It’s important to look at others through the eyes of hope in order to see them as Jesus does.
Today’s One Thing
Think about a person who saw your potential and took the time to draw it out of you. Tell them how much you appreciate them doing that for you.