Jesus said to the Pharisees: “Why do you question me about what’s good? God is the One who is good. If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you.” Matthew 19:17
“Before an intimidating conversation, I always remind myself that I will be the same person before and after the conversation, no matter the outcome.” Olivia Fay
As a kid, I rarely opened my mouth to talk to adults other than my parents. I was afraid of rebuttal and knew I could not do so without tears. Once as a teenager my father told me I should not let a sore on my foot keep me from doing my chores. I’d had minor surgery to remove a wart on the bottom of my foot, and it hurt like heck. But, instead of explaining my pain, I cried. Then he called me a cry baby. Obviously, this incident stayed with me for life.
Jesus set an example as to how we should communicate with one another. He showed emotions and spoke what he believed, but did it with kindness and love. And, regardless of how people treated him, he stayed the same person.
When people are acting on their privilege to speak what they think, I continue to try to shrug off the feeling that I am being personally attacked. After all, what they say is only their perspective.
Help us, Lord, to be considerate of other opinions and to be kind and loving always. Amen.