There have been a few people who I have misjudged, okay, probably a lot of people that I have misjudged. The greatest example of this is Andy Allen. (I am not sure if he even knows this story, or remembers it.. well… I guess now we go public)
I remember meeting Andy Allen and we were in a group conversation and I got frustrated with something he said, or how he said it or both. It feels like it was yesterday, I remember getting onto a hotel elevator with my best friend, Aaron Rice and saying as soon as the doors closed, “I don’t like that guy, we will never be friends.” WOW, I could not have been more wrong.
As I got to know Andy, I realized that he is one of the most generous, kind, and caring people that I have ever met. Andy is a great worship leader, singer/songwriter, father, and friend. He is godly and wise and I count it a privilege to have him as a friend. He is one of my most trusted advisers on life’s hardest challenges.
I am grateful to have been so wrong on my initial judgement of Andy, and that he was gracious enough to prove me wrong, even if he didn’t realize he was doing it.
Be careful how quickly you judge people, they might just be the person you need the most in your life.