A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul. The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.…Proverbs 18:7-9
A lot of passionate political conversations have taken place in our home lately.
We don’t all agree on some pretty major topics (which is aggravating).
But it is also wonderful that we can have discussions/debates and walk away knowing we love each other, God, and humanity (even if we do think the other one is an idiot for a little while).
The main thing that gets me more annoyed than anything during these debates though is this:
People listen (and agree) with Shauna WAY (I mean –way-) more than me…and we have almost the exact same views.
We do not however, have the exact same approach. (This is why she’d be great in politics and I’d piss people off).
The old adage “you get more flies with honey,” is true.
We can feel equally passionate about a topic and she can calmly and quietly discuss it without angering the other side and swaying them to eventually agree, if not with her entire view, at least in part.
I refuse to categorize these qualities as flaws any longer. Although they aren’t helpful in debates, they are equally valid and should be considered so.
I will never be as politically correct as my sister in our delivery.
I will also not keep quiet. My voice is important, even if the passion (volume) behind it is annoying to some.
However, I did read something today that keeps coming to the front of my mind:
“Is my voice subtracting the peace or adding to it?”
Sometimes my opinions may anger those around me, but ultimately they do add to overall peace…
And sometimes I’m just arguing because, gosh darn it I’m right and you should see it.
I guess in conclusion my point is this….i don’t think it matters how politically correct your delivery is or how passionate your volume gets to. What matters is that you’re using the voice God gave you to promote peace and love.