Choosing to Assume the Best About Others

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Grace Foxby Grace Fox

I recently sent an email to a woman with whom I have a ministry connection. In it, I asked several questions that needed prompt attention. To my dismay, I heard nothing back. Obviously answering my questions isn’t high on her priority list, I thought.

I slipped into a negative mindset about this gal and her obvious lack of concern for my needs. Imagine my chagrin when I discovered the email in my draft box.

It’s far too easy to judge others and assume the worst about them. How much stress, grief, or embarrassment might we spare ourselves by assuming the best instead? How might our relationships improve by giving others the benefit of the doubt rather than doubting their character or intent?

Assuming the best about others comes more easily by nature to some. But for the rest of us, it’s an intentional choice that shows honor—the key to growing healthy relationships.

peaceful-moments-to-begin-your-dayI’ve learned my lesson. Next time I’m tempted to jump to negative conclusions about someone, I’m going to stop, flip the switch, and look for the positive instead. Will you commit to doing the same?

Grace Fox is an international speaker and the author of eight books including Peaceful Moments to Begin Your Day: Devotions for Busy Women. She co-directs International Messengers Canada, a ministry that partners with 200 missionaries in 25 countries including Nepal, Egypt, and Romania. www.gracefox.com
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