One night I was sitting in an alcoholics anonymous meeting, a man had walked into the room and had the look of a hoodlum. At first and second glance this man looked like trouble and he really needed to be there. he had gone around the room talking with people and shaking hands and we all took a seat after that was done to start the meeting. They had announced that they were going to have a speaker that night and they introduced the hoodlum! The man had gone up to the podium and spoke very eloquently about his life and all the turmoil that his addiction had placed him in. This man had been through so much in his life I couldn’t understand how he was even still alive. He had changed his life around when he started walking with God and started helping others the way that God had helped him. This man had over 15 years of sobriety. I’m not sure how many times I have passed judgment on someone just by their outward appearance but I’m sure it’s too much to possibly count and it’s something that I’m currently working on. When we are judgemental about anyone we miss out on an opportunity for a miracle. That person that we are judging at that point in time maybe an angel sent From heaven to encourage and inspire us. There has been many times where my judgments were spot-on about certain people but the times that I have been wrong I have felt miserable. People tend to judge me as well they think that I am just some beefed-up guy that is not involved at church at all. I give a little laugh when I start telling them about all the ways God has been using me over these last couple of years. The look on their faces completely change and they stick around a little bit longer than normal to listen do everything God has for me to say. I go out of my way now to introduce myself to people who might normally judge. I Don’t want to Miss a miracle ever even if it’s a small one. That small miracle could change the course of my day or my thought process for that matter. Dear heavenly father thank you for giving us your eyes today. Allowing us to look at others as a potential to be a future relationship. Lord please help us to open up to anyone and everyone today who may or may not even need our help. Thank you for being with us, in us, and around us in Jesus precious name amen.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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