Respond or React?
By Pastor B.J. Knefley
I’m always intrigued by people’s response and reactions to things. Be it life, events, or situations, people choose to either respond or react. So what’s your take, why do people behave the way they do? Why do we respond to something’s yet react to others?
Luke 2 records the birth of Jesus. It is there that we read of the shepherds and the angels who celebrated the birth of Christ. The shepherds told everyone about what had happened and what the angels had said to them and all who heard the story were astonished. But Mary, “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart”. (Luke 2:19)
In the Book of Daniel we read about Nebuchadnezzar a Babylonian King and Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. These four were placed in a furnace to be burned alive because they wouldn’t worship the statue of Nebuchadnezzar. When Nebuchadnezzar realized that the fire was not burning the men up he “jumped up in amazement” (Daniel 3:24-26).
I find both of these stories interesting. In the first, Mary responded by pondering what she was hearing and seeing. In other words she contemplates the events, she thinks intensely about them. To ponder anything is to go deep into thought about something. It’s never about the surface it always goes deeper. The second story is about a surface reaction. Instead of thinking about what he’s seen Nebuchadnezzar is amazed. Synonyms would be shocked, stunned, flabbergasted and surprised. It makes me wonder about how we react and/or respond to the things around us. Do we just become amazed or do we take the time to ponder and think through things?
Although this is not about the recent elections, they serve as a good example of how this can work. On both sides of the fence, people were amazed, socked, stunned, flabbergasted and surprised. To feel amazed is the first reaction but how many will take it further to actually respond and ponder the results? You see to be amazed is easy, but to ponder, well that means to set your emotions aside and look deeper. Not many will go there. Think about it.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Respond or React?
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/18/2016 12:41:00 AM