As of Tuesday, July 10, 2018
KAMIAH We think. We think a lot. At times we assume our thoughts are accurate and reflect reality without thinking a little deeper and without having some conversations. At times we act on other people’s initial thoughts without checking it out and discovering the other details.
I remember a time, in my younger and naive years, when someone fed me their thoughts, I added my malformed thoughts and sprung into action. I wrote a letter, accused a nice elderly couple of bad intentions and told them what they could and could not do. I was very foolish. They had integrity. They had an amazing reputation and were good friends with others I knew, but failed to consult.
That act on my part could have damaged any future relationship with this couple, but they had conversations, reassured me of their good character and acted in accord with their integrity and character. They became good friends of mine.
I learned a good lesson. Assumptions are not reality. How many times do we tell ourself a story about why someone did that, said that ... and we make judgments that are totally misguided?
God tells us to go talk to each other, resolve our issues and work for peace. It is easier to isolate, assume and slander, but the results of that are not what we really want.
What thoughts do you need to correct? What stories have you told yourself about others that are not reality? Who do you need to have a conversation with? Work for peace. Let it go or go have a conversation. Sometimes we need to have a few conversations to work it out. It is worth the effort. Reality is better than assumptions. Work for peace!
Kelly Lineberry is pastor of The Life Center in Kamiah.