Today I am participating in the Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung and her crew of brilliant writers. The word this Friday is {assume}.

Setting my timer for 5 minutes… and go!


Photo credit: Lisa Brittain


One of my favorite accounting professors taught a class on auditing. His opening line for the semester was this…

When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.

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His mantra for us newbies to the concept of audit as a career was test and verify. Never assume. He promised us that assumptions would get us into trouble every time.

I was sold. The process of asking questions, gleaning answers and then testing and verifying the results fit my personality like a glove.

I was young, naive and trusting as I began my short career as an internal auditor for the Jack Eckerd Corporation. And I quickly proved the old adage true.

I adequately tested and verified that what my professor taught was truth.

“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭17‬:‭11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

One of my favorite passages in the Bible regards testing and verifying truth. The Berean Jews gladly received the apostle, Paul. But they didn’t just assume he was teaching truth. The Berean Jews listened, questioned, and verified Paul’s words according to the holy scriptures.

They did not assume!

I am always encouraged when I remember the Berean Jews. Still today we should not assume all teaching is truth.

May I encourage us all, you and me, to read our Bibles for ourselves. Know what God’s word teaches, and then listen, ask good questions with honor and in humility.


Don’t assume.

Eyes on Jesus and Shine,


4 thoughts on “Assume

  1. Did I double-check each knot?
    Is the load rigged right?
    Even though we haven’t got
    all the bloody night,
    go and have another look;
    give everything a practised eye,
    for if it all comes off the hook,
    someone might just die,
    and I don’t want that on my head,
    ’cause it will drag on my whole life,
    the accusatory tread
    of bereaved kids and wife,
    so, now, Mr. Foreman, chill,
    and take your bribe… your-
    Cnote bill

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