Point of view is not what divides us

Let’s say we’re opposites. Faith, politics, morality, lifestyle. Does that make us opponents? I doubt it. I heard from three outspoken souls last week. Two shared my convictions; the other did not. Here’s what happened:

— One ranted.
— One criticized.
— One engaged my interest and made me think. Even though we disagree.

Our convictions don’t polarize us. It’s how we communicate that drives us apart. Whether writing, speaking, or conversing, be generous with respect. It’s the surest way to make your point — and a friend.

Earned reputation

I sat in a meeting yesterday with three faculty members from Moody Bible Institute. We were exploring a complex, divisive issue. Each spoke with clarity, grace, and respect, and I felt privileged to partner with such fine and distinguished men. They left the room towering figures in my book.