Trading my ashes for beauty….that He might be glorified.
Is There An Appropriate Time for Compromise?
Happy Friday, friends! I decided to join the Five Minute Friday community and link-up…which I always enjoy..but, when I do, I am unable to schedule a post ahead of time but, instead, have to wait until I receive the prompt and write on Friday mornings. This never was a problem before (whenever before was) but now that I am (sorta, kinda, somewhat) in the habit, or at least the routine, of planning posts and scheduling them, well now I feel off. Off schedule and I feel rushed. Of course, the idea is to only write for five minutes AND not to overedit, etc., but, honestly, this type of posting is not the most enjoyable. However, I do enjoy the challenge and especially enjoy the community at this link-up. So, let’s move ahead. Today’s prompt is: COMPROMISE.
GO – Believe it or not, when we were raising our children (three decades ago!), we never had Friday Movie Night or Taco Tuesday. It’s true. Now, don’t get me wrong….we ate plenty of tacos and we watched many a movie together as a family. We just did not know there were cute names and/or specific days for doing such activities. We were a simple lot, I suppose. Nevertheless, we had fun and our kids seem well adjusted. But, I digress. When I was considering today’s prompt, for some reason, I quickly thought of those early years. With three little ones under the age of five, the need for compromise presented itself often. If not daily. The need to “settle differences with each side making concessions.” At our house, it would be something like this: one chooses the movie, one chooses the snack and one (usually the littlest) gets to sit next to Mommy!:) Just like that – movie night went smoothly and was enjoyed by all.
Compromise can be a good thing. There are certainly times when compromise is necessary. But, for the most part, I tend to think of compromise as a negative thing. A bad word even. How many times have I been admonished (by myself or thundering preachers) not to be a woman of compromise? A comprising Christian. And that is a good admonition. Christ even rebuked the church in Thyatira for their willingness to compromise. Biblical commands cannot be compromised. Those areas and matters clearly addressed in God’s word are not open for negotiation or compromise. Realizing how subtle the enemy can be and how “simple” (without much consequence) and appealing he makes compromise, I tend to bristle at even the idea.
STOP – I ran past my five minutes; however, there really is time and place for compromise. It is easy to become inflexible, dogmatic, and even combative. Not only in spiritual matters but in many other areas as well. I don’t want to compromise Biblical values. I don’t think I should compromise practices that come from those values. But my preferences….and/or my personal opinions? Compromise can be just as needful, helpful, and even healthy as it was when dealing with my three preschoolers. (Might I be considered “childish” if I am unwilling to ever “make a concession”?? Hmmm.) Just the tip of the iceberg on this topic, but it gave me good cause to stop and consider some of my own thoughts and reactions. I do want to fall for the enemy’s subtle traps of compromise. But neither do I want to be arrogant or self-righteous. Perhaps it will give you something to consider as well.
I hope you have a beautiful weekend. The leaves are really starting to turn here….I snapped the above photo this morning of the bush on our patio. As well, we had the prettiest fog-covered morning today. It was lovely!! Happy lovely Friday…..stop by again on Monday!!
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