BY: Quinton West
E-MAIL ADDRESS: Quinton.firstname.lastname@example.org
BIBLE TEXT: 2 Timothy 23-24-23: “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I find it amusing but not funny, timely and not random, appropriate and not agitating that on June 5, the day that I am to submit a Day in the Life devotional, I am to be but only a few days removed from the most immaterial bouts of argument and debate that I have seen in a while. There is no doubt that there is an evident attack on the traditional morals, beliefs and values of the Christian faith here in our modern day society. The most disheartening attack I have experienced recently though, has been self-inflicted. Clearly we are called not to debate in petty arguments, and it is in this that I have gone against the very nature that we are taught to have. I have spent way too much and energy mentally, physically, and spiritually, tending to the debate of trivial matters of this world. By doing this I have willingly removed myself to be of service to others in a loving manner, and in exchange, frustration, stress, and strife has been left within my own spirit. Not to mention causing the same for others involved in many cases.
The scripture also points that not only are we to avoid quarrelsome situations but we are to be kind, and able to teach. No one will be receptive of my sharing of the faith if it is accompanied with foolish argument. No one will benefit from an opinion saturated in anger or laced with confrontation.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: The application is simple… choose your battles.
PRAYER: Father I ask that you give me a humble spirit accompanied with an open mind, to see others as they are but also as you would have them to be. Let not a word from my mouth be in ill-willed, but let it be for the benefit of others, the uplifting of your ways, and the sharing of truth. Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am 24 years old. I am a counselor/cinematographer/and editor both independently as well as in conjunction with CMI in Brentwood, Tennessee. I enjoy basketball, my wife, writing poetry, my wife, working out, my wife, and apparently arguing, often also with … my wife.