Real Life - December 3, 2021
Real Life with Pastor Arnie
December 3, 2021
“With the same honest views, the most honest men often form different conclusions.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
How is it that those who experience the same event, or are a part of the same conversation can often remember it so differently? Why are we so prone to listen only to those who reinforce what we already believe?
We all like to be confident. We all want to feel like we have all the right answers. However, while having a level of certainty can obviously be a good thing, (especially in a world that seems to question everything)… being “fully confident” in what you believe can also get in the way of our growth. When we feel like we already have the answers, we stop asking questions.
But further growth is only possible when we are willing to discover new things or look at things in a new way. We must be willing to challenge our assumptions and to consider other perspectives if we are ever going to grow beyond our current understanding. And even when we all have the same information, some of us may simply come to different conclusions.
Jesus was constantly inviting people to see things in a new way. He would challenge our assumptions, and then invite us to hear: “Those who have ears to hear, let them hear…”.
Sadly, many today who claim to follow Jesus are often the ones who are the most resistant to listening to anything other than what they already believe. We think we have all the answers, so we stop asking questions. But Jesus invites us to learn and to listen with humility, and to still love those who may come to a different conclusion. And that’s… real life. ~ Arnie Boedecker, Associate Pastor – Eaglebrook Church