We all know the formula. Two kids, usually close friends or siblings, arguing with each other.
“No, it’s mine!”
“No, it’s mine!”
Repeat last phrase with different intensities and tones until you loose consciousness.
I used to think, especially as a young father, that this dialogue only affected the young. I confidently estimated that after the age of 8 or 9, maybe 10, the disease of selfishness would shift into a different form. I am extremely dumb at times!
During the past two days are classic examples; the dialogue between two sisters, a group of young friends, a husband and wife, several colleagues at work, and even publicly between two senior corporate managers. The words slightly change, but only slightly. Everyone watched with interest looking at what was said, who was posturing or positioning themselves for what, and anticipating who would win this battle and what implications it might have for the longer war underway.
In each situation someone wiser stepped in and force an artificial resolution. Additionally the peacemaker worked with the principals to bring a resolution. The resolutions did appear to be somewhat contrived but everyone was happy with the surface outcome!
Many people think God tries to force people to “share”. I don’t think God has ever forced me to do anything! Encourage, nurture, and educate are all God verbs. Force, mandate, and coerce are enemy verbs that God has spent lifetimes fighting.
What is happening? In the “share” battle the underlying belief is that only one can win. With God His word and my experience testify to the fact that every human being can win. I believe that my restoration to full potential can only help others and will never preclude anyone.
Why do I give these “words” to you? “I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you.” (Romans 12.3) I am responsible for people I meet, especially close friends; to do anything else contradicts the very God principles I hold so dear.