While pastoring in West Texas, I learned to true meaning of Matthew 7:1, "Judge not..." I consider myself a friendly person. Our new neighbors were two truck drivers. One morning I spoke, and there was no response from the neighbor. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and tried again on another occassion. He still did not speak. After several times of attempting to communicate, I decided that I would not waste my time speaking again.
One morning I saw my neighbor, but there was something different. I had not noticed that he was wearing a hearing aid. What a humbling experience. From that time onward, I spoke louder. And he seemed to always speak. I learned things are not always what they appear.
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