The kangaroo mentality
The kangaroo mentality
As I pulled into my driveway one day, I noticed something white – looked like a white duck – sitting at the base of a pine tree in my front yard. He was obviously in distress. His head would rise, and then he struggled, it seemed to get up.
Maybe he was hurt, I thought, as I stopped before entering the garage to take another look. Poor thing – my heart went out to him. He was struggling so hard. Maybe his leg is broken. I pulled the van on into the garage and then walked toward the tree slowly so as not to frighten the poor creature. I didn't know what I would do, but I felt I had to do something. Just as I got to edge of the trees, I got a closer look from another angle. I had been sympathizing with a white plastic bag that was hung up in the twigs.
Well, things are not always what they seem. But we humans just love to jump to conclusions and imaginations can play havoc with reality. I don’t want to have a “kangaroo” mentality who rushes to judgment. Do you?
Two people are in the corner of the church foyer having a private conversation:
Are they talking about you; sharing gossip; apologizing to each other for some wrong doing; or are they planning a surprise for their Sunday school teacher?
Did your kangaroo mentality kick in?
You notice someone using a cell phone during service:
Are they playing a game; calling a friend for a chat; reading the Bible, following along with the sermon; receiving an urgent prayer request; or has their phone just vibrated with an emergency call?
Is your kangaroo mentality on board again?
And who said you had to pass judgment on it anyway? We are not appointed to analyze every situation. We are not qualified to diagnose every problem and circumstance.
Why are we in such a hurry to pass judgment? Let’s look at some wisdom from the wise man Solomon: Being quick to judge brings anger, suspicion and animosity.
Proverbs 14:29: He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. (short of spirit)
Proverbs 21:5: The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
Proverbs 29:20: Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Ecclesiastes 7:9: Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
One day Mr. Jones picked up the wrong umbrella in a hotel lobby and was about to walk out when the rightful owner called attention to his mistake. Embarrassed, Mr. Jones offered his apologies. Finding his own, he went on his way.
The incident, however, reminded him that he had promised to buy both his wife and daughter an umbrella the next time he went shopping. To his delight he found that a local store nearby had them on sale, so he bought two. Just as he was getting into his car with his unwrapped purchases, he saw the man he had encountered earlier, eyeing him suspiciously. Seeing the three umbrellas hooked over his arm, the stranger exclaimed sarcastically, "I see you had a good day after all!"
Here comes that kangaroo again – jumping to conclusions.
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