What would it be like to be UNOFFENDABLE?
Un Offend Able. Unoffendable? What am I saying here?
It seems that from an early age we learn to be “offendable”. It is well ingrained in us that we have certain rights, even the right to be offended. But what if we let go of that right. What if we took another long look at Jesus, learned better how to walk as He did among people, just like us, who stumble and step on toes and outright wound each other, then start letting the offense slide right off?
There are hard things in life, no doubt, but I am being challenged lately, to resist the feeling of being offended, frustrated, put off or blown off. I can’ tell you when this challenge began, but I am pretty sure “WHO” issued the challenge… The ONE I suggested in the previous paragraph that we take another long look at.
I had planned to not accept any “for review” books last summer, and just focus on the stacks I already have around the house, but this one really caught my attention. So I requested it. And while I waited for the book to arrive in my mailbox I listened as folks on the radio started talking about it. Does that ever happen to you?
Unoffendable by Brant Hanson has been a good, solid challenge. I’ve read it slowly and definitely am further inspired to really consider my responses and attitudes when the discomfort from anger or frustration start to rise. The more that I think on this topic and consider the challenge to not be offended the more I am experiencing a change in my thought life. Not that I have attained anything. But something is happening. Soon after the heat rises in my core, the challenge comes to mind. And sometimes I am able to change the course in my thoughts and attitudes.
It’s going to take a real love, cool heads that can think in the coming days. As truth is dismissed and lawlessness increases the heat is sure to rise. As laws are rewritten and the days grow darker, it may be “easier” to be offended.
I challenge you to consider what could be if we chose to be Unoffendable.
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