Midday blog: A Thoroughly Unexpected Conversation
“To take the train you have to be a people person”
I overheard these words while riding the elevated train system in Chicago (affectionately known simply as the El). The speaker of these words continued on to talk about how the train was “her car.” It got her everywhere she needed to go. Somehow the conversation quickly morphed into tithing. This lady and her friend were going on about how crazy it was that some people in church don’t tithe.
“It’s 10 cents out of every dollar, it’s not that much!”
What I then heard was these two ladies discussing how God had been faithful in their lives. Neither one has a lot of money, but they do what they can to support themselves, and give faithfully to God. In return they have seen His faithfulness to them…once again though the conversation took an unexpected turn, at least for me.
They started talking about God’s faithfulness in providing for medical expenses. One of the ladies expressed how thankful she was for the “Affordable Care Act” (also often referred to as Obamacare) which from her perspective was God being faithful in taking care of her. Suddenly I was experiencing a communications concept called “perspective taking.” I was seeing a controversial issue through a different perspective, and I could understand that perspective.
It made me slow down and wonder, how many issues, or more importantly people, do I think I understand and yet there are important perspectives I have yet to consider. I may not change my stance on an issue, but then again maybe I will. It makes me more prayerful as I consider what I think I know. Lord, may I have the humility to hold my positions loosely and be willing to be wrong.
What about you? Has anything happened recently to make you reconsider a position that you hold?
Josh Klos is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Radio Communications, he has served as the engineer for Midday Connection since 2010. He is also a part of the volunteer College & 20’s group staff at his church and enjoys spending time outside, as well as at libraries, bookstores and various coffee shops. He’s busy these days with graduate school, where he studying communication and culture.
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