Fair or not, the way we present ourselves to the world is the way we are judged. It’s tough out there, and there are many critics ready and waiting to throw the first punch. To survive in a dog-eat-dog world, you have to know yourself, understand the truth, and be prepared to stand up for what’s right.
Not Always Right shared this story about two sisters who didn’t back down.
Read how it happened below.
(I’m taking care of my younger sister, who is 10. We’re having a movie night, and are grabbing some snacks at a nearby store. I am 19 and female.)
Me: “Okay, pick out what you want.”
Sister: “Can I have whatever I want?”
Me: “Of course! You can pick out anything.”
(Another customer notices my sister picking out some candy.)
Customer: “Humph! You should be ashamed of yourself.”
Me: “Excuse me, ma’am?”
Customer: “Having a child at your age. It’s disgraceful. And now you’re wasting your welfare money on junk food. It’s your fault the economy is so terrible.”
Me: “I’m afraid you’re mistaken. She’s not my daughter, she’s my sister. I’m babysitting for the night.”
Customer: “That’s just the lie you tell people so you don’t get strange looks. I’ll bet your kid’s spoiled rotten.”
Me: “Actually, she is my sister. This is our night to have fun together. And I’m not on welfare. I actually work part time, and have a large scholarship for the university I attend. My sister isn’t spoiled. She’s very sweet and very smart.”
Customer: “You’d like to think that wouldn’t you?”
(My little sister interjects by talking to me.)
Sister: “How old are you?”
Me: “I’m 19.”
Sister: “And I’m 10. If I was your baby, you’d be a mom at nine, right?”
Me: “That’s right.”
Sister: “She can’t be my mom. She’s not old enough. Maybe you should get new glasses.”
(The other customer sputters for a moment, then walks away.)
Me: “I think we should get some ice cream too.”
The moral of the story? Spare yourself the humiliation and think before jumping to conclusions. There is always a story beyond what you can see with your eyes.
“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.” – Romans 2:1
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