a :to attribute a meaning to (something read) :interpret
– how do you read this passage
b :to attribute (a meaning) to something read or considered
– read a nonexistent meaning into her words
I love to read. Reading is a hobby I developed in childhood and it remains one of my favorite past-times, next to conversations with my family and friends.
I love to read and read well. But there are times when I misread … misinterpret the words and behaviors of loved ones. Misinterpret, ascribe meaning that was not intended. Even ascribe motives that are non-existent but I have responded to them as if they were fact. But I have made a commitment to making generous assumptions, to assume the best of my loved ones. To do as Lisa-Jo Baker states in her, “The Never Unfriended Promise:” “And on the days we’re tangled up in our own insecurities let’s agree to give each other the gift of the benefit of the doubt. Wrapped up with the giant bow of believing the best about each other, even when we don’t feel like it.”
To give my loved ones the benefit of the doubt, is an act of loving them well. Give me grace to do so consistently, Abba. Give me grace.
This post was written for Day 16 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Read.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here.