Bible Reading: I Samuel 1:9-18
Key Verse: Verse 14 – “And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.”
Key Words: How long wilt thou be drunken
Have you ever assumed something only to find out that your assumption was wrong? Sure, we all have. How embarrassing! That is what Eli did. He assumed Hannah was drunk; and of course, she wasn’t.
We assume that when we see something that we see it all and see it correctly. We assume when someone tells us something that they are truthful.
Assuming can lead one to be, not only embarrassed, but it can affect our listening as well. It’s better to get all the facts than it is to assume you already know.
When the 1960s ended, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district reverted to high rent, and many hippies moved down the coast to Santa Cruz. They had children and got married, too, though in no particular sequence. But they didn’t name their children Melissa or Brett. People in the mountains around Santa Cruz grew accustomed to their children playing Frisbee with little Time Warp or Spring Fever. And eventually Moonbeam, Earth, Love and Precious Promise all ended up in public school. That’s when the kindergarten teachers first met Fruit Stand.
Every fall, according to tradition, parents bravely apply name tags to their children, kiss them good-bye and send them off to school on the bus. So it was for Fruit Stand. The teachers thought the boy’s name was odd, but they tried to make the best of it.
“Would you like to play with the blocks, Fruit Stand?” they offered.
And later, “Fruit Stand, how about a snack?”
He accepted hesitantly. By the end of the day, his name didn’t seem much odder than Heather’s or Sun Ray’s. At dismissal time, the teachers led the children out to the buses. “Fruit Stand, do you know which one is your bus?”
He didn’t answer. That wasn’t strange. He hadn’t answered them all day. Lots of children are shy on the first day of school. It didn’t matter. The teachers had instructed the parents to write the names of their children’s bus stops on the reverse side of their name tags. The teacher simply turned over the tag. There, neatly printed, was the word “Anthony.”
What to do:
✞ Remember, facts are a nasty thing to those who love to assume.
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