We all have different views and opinions. Some more stronger than others. For example. If you place a cup of coffee in front of me, since I “strongly” like coffee, I may inquire about the type you’re drinking, or I may desire to grab a cup as we engage in convos about types of coffee. If you’re not a coffee drinker, you may not even like the smell of it and thus it may not be much of a conversation piece.
Regardless of our viewpoint about coffee, neither response is “wrong”. It’s a difference of opinion that is based upon our experiences, and what we were led to believe about consuming coffee and its effects. If we aren’t careful, we find ourselves focusing on the one opposing view, trying to prove our point, rather than respecting the different experiences that we all have had about coffee.
We are programmed to focus on that one negative thing rather than all of the positive reinforcements we have around us. Why is that? Sometimes it’s related to self-esteem issues that began when we were children. If we received discouragement about who we are and what we could (or could not) accomplish, as we grow and develop in life, we become discouraged and negative about who we are and what we can (or cannot) do. If we argue over non-essentials, then we are not accepting differences in people’s preferences and quite frankly, what does it matter? How is the conversation about coffee gonna save anybody?
Jesus put it best:
“Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.”Romans 14:1 NLT
We must be careful not to offend through our words or our actions.
“But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.”1 Corinthians 8:9 NLT
What’s the point? We all have a point. It’s. it about how you or I see it, but rather what God SAYS and us doing according to what He says. If by chance the manager just set you off course already this morning and you blew a fuse, that’s okay. Take a positive approach. You still have time to make the devil mad. Learn from this and tell yourself: “I’ll make sure I recognize the tactics of the enemy and I will allow JESUS to be seen and not me.”
“Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” James 3:2 NLT
By no means is it okay to belittle or judge and we all have a button that can be pushed, but we have to remember what we do will come back to us and most times it hurts more. It’s not okay but it can be; as long as we continue to look for ways to improve ourselves and actually put forth the effort to be a bright light in a dark world, rather than a flickering dim light that is about to blow out.