Don’t Judge Prematurely

I remembered of this powerful story and wanted to share it with you. This story talks about judging someone or something merely just a moment. In daily implementation, as a corporate leader I have to assess all of my employees but I can’t judge them only by a moment. I have to know their overall performance then I will do the right appraisal of them.

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted them to learn to not judge things too quickly, so he sent them each on a quest to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. He sent his first son in the winter, his second in the spring, his third in summer and his youngest in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no – it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

After hearing all his son’s responses, the wise father replied, “Sons, you are all right — because you have each seen only one season in the tree’s life. But you cannot judge a tree, or a person, or anything else by only one season. Most things can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons have come to pass”.

I think each of us has judged someone or something prematurely, and we have also probably experienced the pain of being judged that way. Lord, forgive us! We need to give each other the benefit of the doubt! We need to look closely enough and long enough to see the big picture before we rule things out. God does that for us all the time. There’s so much work to be done!

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.



8 thoughts on “Don’t Judge Prematurely

  1. Pingback: Don’t Judge Prematurely | follow his light

  2. What a great story, Karin! I will use it at sometime myself. You are right, one must see another in “all seasons” of life in order to appreciate the full beauty or worth of the tree. People are no different. We must judge the overall history, potential, and contribution of someone in forming an opinion of them.

    Great post sis…I love it!

    Steve 🙂

    • Hello brother,
      Thank you very much for your nice comment, brother. This story is so important for me who periodically should give an appraisal to those in the board of company. Have blessed evening, brother 🙂

      • I understand what you are saying sis! It is important to give a wide-spectrum view to decide the overall value and contribution of any employee. This is just as true in God’s determination of us as His children.

        We may sin and fall short at times. But as long as sin does not define our lifestyle, and we are striving to be better in our faith, God credits us with His unmerited favor!

        Enjoy your evening, my dear!
        Steve 🙂

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