We’ve all offended people before, and you probably can recall some times when the offense becomes unsalvageable. No matter how much you attempt to explain yourself, the person just will not accept your sincerity.
But what if your entire life is offensive? Our message of parenting, children, love and Jesus is our life, not just a misspoken word or conflict. We offend people. Sometimes without having a utter a single word. We try to articulate ourselves – that’s really what our blog, our books, Facebook venues are all about – but sometimes to no avail.
Is your life one big misunderstanding to your church friends, family members, or neighbors? You try to explain yourself in the best spirit possible, but there is a resistance. A disgruntled wall that cuts you down. It keeps you from speaking your mind and settling misunderstandings.
If you are doing something out of the ordinary, you get what we are saying. The choices in your life demand an explanation. Perhaps you are
- an entrepreneur with an idea that is sure to take off,
- a church layman who feels called to ministry, or
- “just” a Christian who wants to uncover your love for Jesus to your not-so-understanding peers.
You are being transformed, but there are those in the shadows who want you to conform.
Our blog and books attempt to explain how LOVE is the most important commandment, and that every child is a blessing. Believe it or not, this message is hostile to some. This boggles us. What is there to hate with the message of Love Another Child? Check out this comment…
Jesus Christ is my savior. But he gave me a brain. And no way did he tell the Jeub’s to have that many children while ignoring the rest of the world and the monsoon of problems ahead of us.
We enjoy challenging thoughts, so we’re surprised when people take offense. Sometimes we wonder if it is worth bringing up the sensitive topics at all.
When you’re plowing through with a unique message, it is easy to think one person’s opposing voice is representative of many. “Oh, what’s the use?” You contemplate quitting, crawling back to a simple life, giving up on the calling God has for you. “Perhaps this isn’t right after all…maybe God isn’t in on this like we thought.” The doubts eat you alive.
Then you get a comment like this:
Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading your blog. Originally I’ve been quietly simmering and hostile to your message. But I’ve changed my mind along the way. I would like to say, “I get it now”… Thanks for opening my eyes.
God is in on this. He’s moving people’s hearts. Conforming to this world is just not all that interesting to us.