Yesterday, I found a pear to eat.

Dark bruises mottled its pearness. A gash separated its skin from its flesh.

But, I wanted this pear.

So, I got a knife. And, I gently peeled back the skin taking away the bruises and the gashes.

And, what did I find?

A beautifully, perfect pear just the way God intended.

The Deception of the Pear was this…

Before yesterday, when I saw a pear that wasn’t the picture of perfection, I would throw it out for the squirrels or the raccoons to eat.

Little did I know I was missing out on the sweetness of a perfectly ripe pear.

How many times do we miss out on the sweetness of people because of their mottled services?

How many times to we look the other way — or throw them away — because we don’t like the way they look on the outside?

From now on I will peel that pear instead of rejecting it. I will give it a chance. And, I will give people a chance too.