Looks Can Be Deceiving

Devotion for the week of January 5 - January 11

It was a mid-morning, bright, sunny and extremely hot day, when my wife and I attended her doctor’s appointment.  She had been experiencing forgetfulness, due to having dementia as a result of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The office was very busy and we had to wait approximtely 30 minutes before we could be seen. I checked my cell phone messages while I read a magazine. Finally a nurse called her name and we were led to an examination room.

When the doctor came into the room, she became peeved with me because I had not followed up on organizing my wife’s pills in order to make it easier for my wife to take her medications. When we left the office, I was feeling down because I had not followed the instructions I had been given.

We were both very hungry and decided to stop by a Mexican fast food store to pick up some lunch. We made our selections as we went through the line selecting various toppings and then approached the cash register to pay for our meals.

Just then, a young, African-American man, dressed in hip-hop attire cut in front of us. I pondered as whether I should say something or remain humble and silent. The young man pulled a credit card and told the cashier, here, I’m paying for theirs. I was totally dumbfounded and asked him why? He informed me that he just wanted to see someone smile. I thanked him profusely and told him “God bless you. He smiled and went back to his seat and joined his buddies. My wife and I enjoyed our meals.

My despairing disposition had immediately turned into a joyous, optimistic, pleasant, demeanor due to one person’s good deed. I also realized how easy it is for us to judge and classify people based on their appearance, which might be a little different from our own.

I left the restaurant vowing to pass on some good deed to another person.  And also to not be so quick to judge others.



 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Matthew 7: 1-2 (KJV)

Curtis Ross Sr.

Lay Servant