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Seven Lights to Live By (in divisive times)

May 2, 2017
Let’s face it, there is a lot of heat these days.  Surrounding everything.  Here is some light:
1) Realize you may not be right (at least not on everything)
2) Listen as much as you speak and read as much as you write (or more)
3) Treat everyone well (especially people who disagree with you)
4) Control your impulses (don’t get drawn into nasty debate threads or return hate with hate)
5) Try not to take everything so personally (this is a huge skill set if you can master it)
6) Pray for people (who offend your sensibilities) rather than respond to people (who offend your sensibilities)
7) Remember that the people whose positions most stress you, are equally stressed by your positions (a lesson in self-awareness)
We all have positions. We all think we are right. Creating a climate of respect amidst disagreement provides an opportunity to display true humanity on one hand and grow and learn on the other.
No down side.
Turn on some light.
Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois
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