It may come as no surprise to you that I have some pretty unique students who ride my school bus. I’m sure the same could be said for any school bus.
However, today, following a conversation in which a middle school girl was laughing about some creepy things she’d done, like stabbing her stuffed frog, I posed a question to the students surrounding her.
“Of the following,” I asked, “which of these two things would surprise you more if you found out they were true about (the girl)? First, that she had a bedroom full of unicorns and rainbows, and that she wrote poetry about flowers… Or, secondly, that in her bedroom she had a black pot, under which sat a burner…and that she used the pot to boil water, into which she would put the severed extremities of creatures she gathered from outside after midnight while her parents slept?”
“Unicorns and rainbows,” replied the other students. A creepy cackle of approval came from the seat behind me. Then she added, “But the poetry could have been about dark, magical flowers that kill.”
Anyway, this got me to thinking. What would surprise you more, if you heard it about me?
- That I could bench press 500 pounds, or…
- That my biceps look like chicken thighs.
How about this?
- That I have a fondness for burning things, or…
- That I have a fear of getting burned.
Now, try these on for size. Which would surprise you more?
- That I was a spy for the U.S. government, or…
- I was a draft dodger.
You see, how we answer these questions reveal our perceptions of people. So, here’s one more. Which would surprise you more if you learned it to be true about me?
- That I’ve never offended a single soul with my preaching, or…
- That someone got so offended by something I preached that he left the church and personally threatens me…and he wouldn’t be the last.
I hope you picked #1 on that one (read John 15:18-20). Otherwise, I need to reevaluate what I’m doing.
Why not give it some thought and ask others some questions about yourself? You might be surprised with their answers.