I love a good book, and to me, there’s nothing like cuddling up with one that captures my attention. I must admit, I enjoy different types of books. Sometimes I have a taste for a book that’s warm and fuzzy, one that draws out my sentimental side. At other times, I want a book to excite me, one that makes my adrenaline flow, a page-turner that keeps me up until the wee hours of the morning. I’m excited by mysteries, especially those with unexpected twists. I also love self-help books, those that motivate and challenge me to make changes in my life. Then again, I seek out spiritual books; they inspire me and keep me grounded. And don’t forget educational books, there’s always something new to learn, so I seek those out as well.
However, it’s very disappointing when I get a book, and the cover and description portray one thing, but the contents display something different. When this happens, I feel betrayed, being told one thing but sold another.
The same is true with people. Sometimes the covers look exquisite, and the short descriptions look enticing, so you decide to invite them into your life. However, when you spend time with them and read the contents, they are not what they initially portrayed. The cover may read “trustworthy,” but the contents reveal otherwise. Words such as “goal-oriented” and “motivated” are given in the description, but when you delve into the subject matter, it exposes something entirely different.
I know we may judge a person on his initial appearance, but at times, a person’s initial appearance can be deceiving. Anyone can paint a beautiful picture in the beginning, but if that picture is not who that person really is, the truth will eventually surface. A man is what is stored in his heart. And as it is with any hidden treasure, it’s not at the surface; it’s buried, waiting for the wise to find it.
So take it slow when inviting others into the inner courts of your life. Don’t invite them in based on the covers and brief descriptions. Delve into the subject matter first and make sure what’s being advertised is exactly what you’re getting.