Antipathy: (n) a deep-seated dislike or aversion.
“Let’s take a vote!”
It was the scream that rattled a van I was traveling in many years ago with a bunch of kids from a church camp. Yes, any time any subject was brought up concerning the day’s activities or where we were going to eat, the children suddenly became democratic.
I wanted to be open-minded.
I wanted to be considered one of the “cool adults.” So I gave into the notion that the kids should have a right to determine their favorite projects and preferred tasty treats.
After traveling, playing and eating like this with a bunch of pre-teens for four days, I was not only constipated from the food choices, but also completely exhausted from absolutely meaningless activity.
The only thing I achieved was getting an extra ice-cream bar given to me by the collective horde for being the coolest counselor at the camp.
But unfortunately, the other adults at the camp were not nearly as impressed with my loose leadership.
I will tell you of a certainty that this problem is not limited to younger folks who have not yet discovered the purpose of life. For please consider–there are just some things on our journey that are not up for voting or discussion.
1. Loving people.
I don’t want to hear you tell me how hard it is to do or how you’ve been cheated or how you believe that God really would like to kill some folks. Here’s the end of the discussion: God loves people, and if you want to get anywhere near God, you’d better go along with His idea.
2. “I don’t want to change.”
That is most unfortunate. Maybe when we get done changing, we can give an ear on why it frustrates you. But showing up in a world that is structures through evolution and deciding that you’re not going to change is demanding that your hard head be forcibly cracked open.
Things are going to change and the only way you gain any control is by getting ahead of it instead of having the wheels of progress roll over your ribcage.
3. “I’m busy.”
No, you’re not. And the best way to become overwhelmed is to think you’re busy because then you’ll slow up and end up procrastinating, creating more work for tomorrow, which causes you to appear completely inept.
I am astounded at how much I get done when I don’t take the time to discuss how much it is.
So those are three things that can’t be voted on by our childish whim. In other words, some things need to be left alone and pursued with all of our passion, because believe it or not…they’re just right.
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