I was listening to a sermon by Chip Ingram and he said something so profound yet simple that its edification was intended to be shared! Chip mentioned that “Everybody behaves in a way that makes sense to them” everybody thinks, and feels in a way that makes sense to them, hence why they do it!
We run into conflict when we are constantly wanting people to think the way that we think and feel the way that we feel. Now there are some exceptions to this rule, but the bulk of society is not striving to impact the world in a mighty way on a daily basis, it’s a sad truth, but a truth nonetheless. The joyful challenge and solution to this Chip later mentioned was to become a student of other behaviors.
“Become a student of other behaviors.”
We have to become students dedicated to learning the behaviors of others and beginning to understand why they do what they do and also beginning to accept that it’s just not going to be your way all the time. This, of course, can be daunting and draining if this is not your field of the desired study, therefore spend your time and energy by applying to those that directly impact your day-to-day life; such as family, partners, or close friends. Only after we have applied this effort to where it counts should we attempt to venture onward and outward. I guess the reason common sense isn’t common is that everyone’s sense is only common to them and a select few!
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