Monday, June 5th, '17
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SIDES OF THE STORY
men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation
of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy"
(Ezra 3:12 NKJV)
Some pouted, some shouted, both had legitimate
reasons. Each group saw from an opposite perspective and each group was right
in their own way. The old men remembered the glory of the temple; the good ole
days were better. The younger generation was excited over the novelty and
adventure of their building project. One viewed the historic, the other the
futuristic. Both viewpoints were "right", but both needed to be understood. In
life we have his and hers, right brain and left, heads and tails. Which is better?
Does North Pole define earth's rotation or does South? I suppose Norwegians and
Aussies would disagree on which way is "up". Perspective is gained by which
side of the equator one lives...or which side of the tracks.
"Two men looked through prison bars; one saw
mud, one saw stars". Attitude, as that little line indicates, can be decided by
the tilt of the head. But worldview is a mixture of age, experience, hardships,
home life and so on. Euodia had her proof texts but so did Syntyche
(Philippians 4:2). How then did they end up with opposite conclusions? This is
where patience becomes a vital spiritual fruit. Everything isn't black and
white. Some things are, two plus two always equals four, but there are gray
areas in much of life. Like Democrat and Republican. One side weeps with a loud
voice; the other shouts for joy. Then it reverses with the next news cycle.
The same is true in marriage. The counselor
knows there are three sides to every issue, his, hers and then the real truth.
Suffice to say that even an astrophysicist only knows in part. Stand your
ground, truth will be vindicated in debate, but don't be so inflexible as to
not give the other guy a right to believe as he does, for he approaches the
issue carrying his own particular baggage. If he weeps while you shout, or vise
versa, whether he gets with the program or not, is a matter that can be left
between him and his master. "Let each be fully convinced in his own mind"