For the last year my husband and I have been subjected to watching a constant flow of a multitude of questionable people go in and out of a house across the street from ours. Not too long ago my son and I had a brief conversation on the term, ” You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.” I told him I didn’t completely agree with that statement, though I understand the meaning behind it. Part of the reason why is because some “covers” don’t simply only expose what’s on the outside, but what’s going on inside, even though you are seeing their cover for the first time. It’s the inside of the cover that is helping to tell the story of the cover; the artwork on it, the sad, dark eyes, the extra wrinkles on a young face (causing it to look several years older), the unusual amount of sores on the face and body, the pin holes on the inside of the arms, the filthy, negative words regularly coming out of the mouth, and the amount of similar people the cover regularly hangs around with, etc. Sometimes such things say a lot about the “cover”. They may not reveal the actual intelligence within, but they say a lot about the heart and the consistent bad decisions of the one within the cover. The cover advertises what’s inside.
I often think, “if you want to be taken seriously, dress accordingly”. When a lawyer walks into a courtroom dressed like a low-grade prostitute, she won’t be taken seriously. Her intelligence will be overlooked and considered untrustworthy. Yet, when a recovered drug-addict, cleans himself up, changes his clothes, his speech, his friends, and his employment status and record, his cover changes. Genuine smiles, energy, zest for life, productivity, responsibility, and positive friends and family return; life for the cover is brighter, more reliable and believable, no matter how many tats or old piercing holes remain.The spirits of lies, deceit, and manipulation have less and less of a hold, and eventually go away completely in some cases.
Our hearts are revealed on our faces and out of our mouths, no matter how beautiful or how ugly our hearts are. So the old saying, “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover” needs more thought or reconsideration. I simply want my cover to reveal that though the story within it tells of trials and tribulations, my relationship with Jesus and the positive decisions He has helped me make have overcome the trials and will continue to be.
Instead of “questionable”, be known as trustworthy.