My first thought was, “How could I have slept so late?” It was my day off and I hadn’t set an alarm. I woke to look at the clock without my glasses. It read 9:00 a.m.!
“The dog must really need to go out and she must be starving!” I thought. Hopping up, I blindly stumbled to let Ruby out of her kennel. Although she didn’t seem anxious, I hurried to take her out to the back yard.
“It seems so dark out,” I thought. Without my glasses I reasoned, “It must be really cloudy.”
As Ruby and I rushed inside to feed her, my still-unaided eyes caught a glimpse of the kitchen clock. Even without my glasses, I could clearly see these large numerals announcing that it was actually just past 7:00 a.m.
My firm belief in my first misconception – that it was 9:00 a.m. – caused me to fabricate several additional faulty beliefs. It was not mid-morning at 9:00 a.m. It was only 7:00 a.m. and the sun hadn’t even cleared the horizon. Yet, I believed I had slept very late. I was sure the dog was crossing her legs and starving. I positively knew it was cloudy enough to make mid-morning appear dark.
None of my beliefs were true. I just needed my glasses to clarify things.
At times, all of us believe things that are not true. Perhaps a friend told us a “fact” about an event that never happened. Maybe we poorly perceived a situation and assumed the worst. Possibly, we have only half the story. It could be that our understanding is patently in error.
Before we settle into complete surety of belief about a topic, or a question, or a person – or even about what time it really is – it might be helpful to check out the accuracy of our thought, opinion, or belief. We might not have all the facts.
Or we might just need to put on our glasses.
Here at St. Boniface, our Vestry, my Staff, and I strive to provide you with current, accurate, clear, and transparent information. Vestry meetings are always open to visitors. My staff and I are always ready to respond to your questions and concerns. Working with you, we can catch a glimpse of God’s future for our congregation together.
Fr. John Hall