I hope you’ll listen carefully As I lay out the hard truth about my enemy.
He is charming and kind Attractive and affable Good-humored and clever Generous and frugal Intelligent and wise Creative and resourceful Helpful and proactive Responsible and conscientious Diligent and successful in his career A loving and devoted husband and father A man about whom there are many things to love.
Funny how a grown man Can be pouting on the inside So deep down that he will never Realize it in a hundred grouchy years— And if you asked him he’d probably Deny it—clueless soul that he is— Unless he goes down there On purpose to find out For himself what’s The problem. And then After he has Seen it he can Cut it out and get On with the growing He had grinched himself Out of —all the time thinking Himself more mature than that.
When reading a passage in the Bible What person is there who can set aside What he wants it to mean Or expects it to mean Or thought it meant yesterday Or has always heard that it means Or what his friends want it to mean?
Who is there among us Who is truly free Simply to listen And consider?
This is such a tough principle to navigate! How much should we “stand our ground”, and how much should we simply let people be the people they are, even if it steps on our toes?
I think this is one of the greatest philosophical questions we face as humans, and how we face it says a great deal about what kind of people we are. (And I don’t think I understand it all myself—just that it’s of huge importance.)