My girls really enjoy this show called Girl Meets World. This show is very nostalgic for me to my childhood as it is a spinoff of one of my childhood favorites, Boy Meets World.
One thing I love about this show (and I am super bummed that it cancelled after 3 season because it was something my girls and I liked to watch together) is that it gives little nuggets of wisdom in the episodes. Wisdom good for kids and in one such episode, good for adults as well. There was a line that I feel our very divided country desperately needs to think on.
How often do we get so lost in what we think, we refuse to listen to what the other side has to say?
-Corey Matthews, Girl Meets World
All we need to do is turn on the news or read the feeds of Facebook or Twitter to see how good this statement truly is.
People can get so caught up in what they think, what they believe, that many times when someone doesn’t agree, they lash out. Instead of listening to the others point of view, they immediately take the defense thinking that will persuade the person away from what they believe by angry remarks.
I’m a Christian and you’re not going to change how I believe the Bible, but that doesn’t mean I can’t respect you enough to listen to your side if we disagree on our beliefs.
The Bible specifically says,
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”
James 1:19 NIV
God made us amazingly unique and individual minds. We are not always going to agree on everything (my husband can vouch on that! Lol). How boring would it be if we all were the same?
We need to rise up and be listeners first with respect to others that don’t agree. And here’s the hard part, even when they aren’t respectful to us. We need to show the love of Christ and as cliche as it sounds, “agree to disagree”.
It starts with us. One spark to ignite a flame. If we start on ourselves, showing that love and respect even during the hard arguments, maybe that could start a chain reaction that could impact our world for the better.