Impressions aren’t necessarily truth.
According to the dictionary, an impression is:
- A strong effect produced on the intellect, feelings or conscience.
- The first and immediate effect of an experience or perception upon the mind; sensation.
I had a conversation with someone yesterday. My impression was:
- This person is being negative.
- This person is being insensitive.
I chewed on this impression as a cow chews its cud. Chew, swallow, bring up, repeat.
As the day wore on, this thought-food was getting sour.
So, after much chewing, I decided to focus on what I know for sure:
- This person loves me.
- This person wants me to grow.
I can choose my food-for-thought. I can choose what I chew.
- When I read a *cold* e-mail or text–
- When I hear a tired comment from a family member —
- When I am the recipient of an abrupt remark —
— I won’t chew on the impression. I will dig down to find truth. I will give the benefit of the doubt.
Because impressions aren’t necessarily truth.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8. –written by the Apostle Paul, who was imprisoned at the time.