Inspirations From The Mountains
August 10, 2009
Rub a cat’s fur the wrong way and what do you get? The fur flies and your kitty may just retaliate with her claws. That’s what our cat, Princess, does to me. And that is what Believers sometimes do to one another.
But not every person communicates the same way. As God-created individuals we are all unique. Our ability to communicate comes from two things: the temperament we were born with (bold or timid, strong willed or laid back), and our environment. How did our parents communicate with us. Was our home filled with love or anger? Did we feel secure or insecure? Were our needs provided for or were we in want? What kind of relationships did we have with other family members? How did our parents communicate with each other? Did our family get and give appropriate touch, or abuse instead. All these things have a definite bearing on how we communicate with others.
Now evaluate your relationships in the light of these scriptures, and then consider each other’s temperament and childhood environment. If I don’t rub Princess the wrong way, the fur doesn’t fly and she and I get along well. And if we don’t rub each other the wrong way, the fur won’t fly in our church families either. This is one key to keeping peace among the brethren. –Rebecca Somoskey