A New Description

Rahab the harlot, woman caught in adultery, doubting Thomas.

If you are at all familiar with the Bible these names may sound familiar. We may not know much about any of them but the information attached to their names doesn’t sound all that admirable. Entire theological treatises have been penned about all three. I am not here to defend or explain their actions or nomenclatures. I’ll leave that to scholars more learned than myself.

People are so much more than the descriptions we attach. The labels we assign to others (or to ourselves for that matter) are limiting. If we see others through the lens of judgement we lose out on knowing the person.

It wouldn’t be a bad thing if we said of a person, Oh, there goes Sandra the generous one, or Mike the compassionate man, Joanne the woman of great faith.

What would happen around the water cooler or dinner table or break room if we chose positive words to describe those with whom we come in contact?

After all, there is more than one side to every story and more than one dimension to every human being. Why not look for the good?




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