I solemnly pledge to dedicate my life to the service of my God…
On Day Three we looked at being of service to those in need.Today we will look at practicing tolerance – a word not often used in our daily vocabulary. ‘Tolerance’ encompasses those who may not be in need of clothing, food or shelter as in a charitable case; it comes up in our daily interactions with strangers, co-workers, family and friends. Most of our conflicts arise because we have a difference of opinion with someone, that is all it is- a difference of opinion, based on the wobbly foundation of human frailty. We have all “fallen out” with someone at some point in time but tolerance reminds that we have also wronged others at some point in time.
Tolerance reminds us that that person may be going through a difficult time or have some on-going personal challenges; tolerance reminds us that none of us are perfect; tolerance reminds us that God doesn’t strike us down for the grievous things we have done to offend Him repeatedly. Tolerance keeps our anger and our easily wounded pride in check. Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Tolerance does not mean being a bobolee or stupid or soft….it takes strength of character not to retaliate when we feel wronged. It takes self control and maturity to be assertive not aggressive.
Anyone can have a ‘hot temper’, babies who are still in diapers can throw a tantrum. It takes a mature adult to keep emotions in check and maintain calm even when situations become heated…it takes practice too. Tolerance in your home In T&T homes have become a battle ground not just between entitled children but also between parents who have no self-restraint. They curse and hurl obscene insults at each other right in front of their children!! Parents, do you remember this song: 🎼 Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me, 🎶 Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be🎶 With God as our Father, children all are we🎶 Let me walk my brother in perfect harmony.🎶 If you want this country to be free of violence, do your part and practice peacefulness at home.
The stewing of loud quarrels, emotional and physical abuse spills over quickly . Your children take it to the school and from there into every area of their lives. Think back to some of our local headlines, how many domestic disputes have resulted in murder? By your example, teach your children how to ‘give a soft answer’ in a heated situation, it may save their life.
Be the change you want to see in T&T