Isaiah 64:6 New International Version (NIV)
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags
It’s been a full 7 days and I must say I’m very proud of us. Each day has had it’s own challenges and breakthroughs. Today, I interacted with someone who holds much of my beliefs but lives them out in different ways. These ways are not just different but in some aspects adversarial. I found myself in quite a quandary. My thoughts were racing and my guard was up. Self righteousness, my lifelong frenemy, whispered delicious notions to my soul.
“Who do you think you are?”
“You aren’t as righteous as me!”
“Lucky for you, I’m here and can save you from yourself.”
“You are sooooo wrong!”
“How can you be so ignorant?”
“Please stop spreading your poison.”
Have you ever had any of these thoughts about someone? If you answer “No” you’re lying. If you answer “Yes” you’re complaining. If you answer “Maybe” you’re _____________! But more importantly than how or if you answer that question is how do we move beyond.
It was a struggle but I redirected my thoughts back to our common ground and started asking myself questions (action oriented) instead of settling in my opinions.
“What motivates this person?”
“Are there any pearls to be gleaned?”
“Am I allowing myself to see Imago Dei?
Once I did that, I got direction about an aspect of my life I’ve been working to improve for 4 years. I have made headway but to get more help was definitely welcomed. I could have missed it! I almost missed it!
I don’t know everything and I have teens that remind me of that daily. I run the risk of stagnation (deaths fraternal twin) when I choose to complain instead of being open and vulnerable.
Let’s choose different. Be well!