Judging is so easy to do. But what happens when we judge a book by its cover and it backfires on us? We can miss opportunities. Maybe that’s why we shouldn’t judge.
Back around 1993, I was a car sales person. I was the first saleswoman in the car business in Nashville. I was young, naïve, and as green as a pea. I didn’t know shit from Shinola (that’s black shoe polish for you young people). It’s one of the times in my life that I was thankful to be young and “dumb” because I didn’t know any better to do better or have judgment.
One day a Mercedes sedan pulled up on the Mitsubishi lot. I remember it so clearly, it was black and has Illinois tags. There were two brothas in the vehicle. I had zero preconceived ideas or any judgment on why a Mercedes with Illinois tags would be on a Mitsubishi lot. But the veteran car salesmen judged that they were tire kickers, time wasters which equated to not a sale. As the lot lizards (car salesmen that hang around the lot) scattered inside and around corners to avoid waiting on the two men getting out, there I was left alone to greet them.
I did my job and greeted them with a smile and welcomed them. The men looked like an odd couple, one looked like a defensive lineman and the other like a professional basketball player. I still didn’t pass judgment or ask questions. I showed them the vehicle they were interested in and proceeded to sell them that vehicle.
Later I learned that one nonjudging moment, my green pea trusting landed me a sale that made me $9,000. It also made me salesperson of the month that month. If I had scattered and hid like the veterans did because I judged it, then I would’ve missed an ample opportunity.
Judging what we believe it is or might be can cost us. We pray for things but then are not willing to turn doorknobs to open doors because we judge it. Sometimes blessings come in disguise and it’s not always from people that look like you, believe like you, think like you. Be open to your blessings by judging less and trusting more. Have green pea trust!