Suggestion – an idea, plan, or action that is offered for acceptance or rejection
We’ve had a lot of “projects” making this house our home. When I am project manager … Barry has this recurrent phrase he uses; “Can I make a suggestion?”
When I am in my “I am determined to make this work the way I first envisioned” mode … the answer is likely “no”. The suggestion comes anyway. The suggestion is “rejected” … the suggestion is repeated because it wasn’t really offered with the option of rejection ……. A stall happens …
When I am taking a more open-minded approach to my role as project manager … things go quite differently … more smoothly. The suggestions still come… still may or may not be accepted … but, I have learned that compromise is a great tool for moving forward.
Compromise – the settlement of a dispute by concessions on both or all sides.
The Bible councils that compromise is needed when dealing with the complexities and ambiguities of [sinful] man … but not acceptable when dealing with a holy and omnipotent God.
Oddly, it took me a while to figure this out. I mean … if I can compromise on a suggestion of how art is displayed in our home … shouldn’t I be allowed to expect God to compromise with me about how my “attitude” is displayed to said “Suggestor”? Yeah ….. no ….
The Theology of Sandi believes that compromise with man is a medication to help heal … however, compromise with God is a drug used dangerously and without prescription.
My attitude is the area I am most likely to try a justification or compromise process with God. It usually starts with the words “I deserve”.
Then I remember Christ … who came to stand in my place mercifully for what I truly deserve. If I allow myself to stall for a ponder … I am able to let go of my self-justification.
The question is … “Will I?” …. I shall ponder …