Deep Fried Correction

Oh, how I still savor the flavor! No, what you are seeing me about to partake is not a corn dog but a deep fried snickers bar! Yessiree, it was one of the many moments I'll remember from our vacation and stay-cations this summer.

I got to enjoy this treat at Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley, NC. It has been closed for about four years and has recently reopened under new ownership. We spent a full eight hours there and still didn't do everything! It is definitely worth checking out.

While enjoying my savory treat, fellow customers commented that deep-fried candy bars must be a "southern-thing." I kindly corrected them it wasn't (though we in the south do love to fry as much as we can), but it was a "Ghost Town thing."

This conversation began to percolate in my mind over the past few weeks about the generalities often made in life. It certainly is made about race and gender, as well as, regions of the country, the world and religions. However, it is also made on smaller scales about businesses, neighborhoods and, of course, individuals.

How quick are you to label others as "problems" based on one incident? I know I have issues there. But is it fair to do it even with a pattern of incidents? In the context of talking about loving enemies, Jesus said,
"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. (Luke 6:36-37 NASB)"
If Jesus was talking about enemies, how much more ought we to be attentive to showing mercy to strangers or even neighbors?

One of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People that Stephen Covey identifies is to seek first to understand, then to be understood. Maybe you'll have to eat some crow after you learn a new thing. If so, just do what we do down south, deep fry it. At least it will make it savory!

May I Ask? When was the last time you DID walk a mile in someone else's shoes?

May I Suggest? Take time to get to get to know more about someone this week you aren't so sure about. Read up on a prejudice you hold that you might be questioning and question it!


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