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It was the end of the school year, and a kindergarten teacher was receiving gifts from her students.

The florist's son handed her a gift. She shook it, held it overhead, and said, "I bet I know what it is. Some flowers?"

"That's right," the boy said, "but how did you know?"

"Oh, just a wild guess," she said.

The next pupil was the candy shop owner's daughter. The teacher held the ift overhead, shook it.

it, and said, "I bet I can guess what it is. A box of candy?"

"That's right, but how did you know," asked the little girl.

"Oh, just another wild guess," said the teacher.

The next gift was from the son of the liquor store owner. The teacher held the package overhead, and noticed that it was leaking. She touched a drop of the liquid with her finger and then touched it to her tongue. "Is it wine?" she asked.

"No," the little boy replied, with some excitement.

The teacher repeated the process, taking a larger drop of the leakage to her tongue. "Is it whiskey?" she asked.

"Nope," said the little boy with much added anticipation.

Again the teacher repeated the process, but taking an even bigger sample of the liquid the third time. ""Is it champagne?" she asked.

"No," the boy said with great excitement.

The teacher took one final taste before declaring, "I give up, what is it?"

With great glee, the boy replied, "It's a puppy!"

Sometimes we are guilty of jumping to conclusions without "opening the package." We think we have all of the facts and can make a legitimate judgement of the situation. Try looking at things through the eyes of the person or persons whom you are seeking to judge. It might do us all some good to open the box and get all the facts rather than just a "taste."

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward
Smithville church of Christ