What could have made a girl become seemingly so "hard", and always looking for a fight?
Classes at the alternative were frequently comprised of students of various ages and acquired learning but Carmen and Davon didn't share any of my classes. With paper-thin walls, I did hear the two of them going at it more than once tooth and nail in other classes.
Classroom teachers frequently had to double up due to a shortage of substitutes. During last period one day, I had a room full of students from different classes, including Carmen and Davon.
And then a couple of the girls began braiding the boys' hair. The girls' limber fingers quickly wove intricate patterns in the boys' hair, no matter how short.
Eventually, it was Davon's turn, and that's when I saw it. No matter how loud or often I'd heard Davon and Carmen fighting in and out of classrooms, their mutual devotion was obvious.
Davon, always stressed and wound tightly, relaxed and looked peaceful. Carmen's jaw unclenched, her eyebrows smoothed out of the constant frown in her forehead. It was such a tender moment.
"I don’t make decisions the way you do! Men (and women) judge by outward appearance, but I look at a man’s thoughts and intentions.”
1 Samuel 16: 7b TLB
Two students taught me an important lesson, Dear Reader. No matter how gruff, surly, or "hard" we may appear on the outside, the Lord looks upon the heart. He sees the potential for good in all of us.
Are there people in your world, Dear Reader, that rub you the wrong way? Is it hard to see past their gruff exteriors at times? How do you manage to let the best in you see the best in them?