This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday- write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “accept.”
Sometimes it’s easier just to accept it than to fight. I tell myself it doesn’t really matter, it’s not that big a deal, it’s not worth the hassle. Just accept it- anything for a quiet life.
And then there are times, like today, when I can’t accept it, when I have to stand up for myself and tell someone politely but firmly that I disagree, and that I can’t just accept it quietly. I need to discuss it. I need for my voice to be heard.
It doesn’t come naturally to me to fight. The people-pleasing, conflict-avoiding side of me just wants to let it go. I want to be liked; I don’t want this person to be annoyed with me because I might have accepted it in the past but now I choose to question it.
But as Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes:
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven… a time to be quiet and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,7)
Today seemed like a time to speak. And I don’t think my words were very well-received… but I guess they rarely are when you begin questioning something the other person just wants you to accept.
The discussion is still on-going and I hate the feeling that the situation is unresolved, but even if my point-of-view is not taken on board, at least I have the satisfaction of knowing I tried.
In moments like these, where a huge part of me wants to give in and accept it but I feel I have to stand my ground, I need to constantly remind myself that it is God’s opinion that really counts and that, whatever anyone else might say, he offers unconditional love and complete acceptance.
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” (Ephesians 1:4-7 NLT)