Let’s not allow our perception of someone to only be based on the negatives in their past.
Grace should prevail, acknowledging that mistakes happen, knowing that growth occurs, and (most importantly) recognizing that we could be wrong about someone’s current character.
Without mistakes, without bad decisions, without learning, we often remain the same and don’t reach our full potential. That is the human experience.
We cannot fully know everyone’s story – how they’ve changed, what they’ve seen, why they believe as they do; so let’s try to assume the best instead of hoping they fail. Instead of writing off all they’ve accomplished because of a blip of bad judgment in their past, instead of assuming that no good can come from them because of who they were many years ago, why don’t we approach their future with hope and optimism? After all, our country embraces the idea of “innocent until proven guilty,” right?
Let’s treat others as we’d want to be treated, fully knowing that we, too, have made mistakes, changed our perspectives and beliefs, and grown as people. We are not the same as we once were – and that’s a great thing.
Don’t let someone’s failure in the past prevent you from seeing what could be a beautiful future.