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Conflict is as unavoidable as traffic in Los Angeles. If you’ve got two people on a team, or in a family, who never argue, one of them isn’t needed.
Jesus, the greatest leader of all time, experienced conflict among his disciples, between the disciples, and himself, and between the religious leaders and political leaders and himself. As long as you’re engaged in relationships there will be conflict. If you refuse to see conflict as an inevitable part of life, you are likely to view it as an unnecessary interruption of the flow–and you may respond to conflict with frustration, anger and intolerance.
A paradigm defines the way we view something. For instance, if a man wears binoculars he’ll see things far away better than things close. A paradigm shift would occur if he turned the binoculars around or placed them on a table.
It may be you need to know if God is releasing you from your job or some other responsibility. Such times can be agonizing when it’s unclear if the move you’re considering is wise and if the timing is right. If you’re in that situation, I’d suggest there are four lights that must be green before you move on.
Anybody who ever failed a test longed for a second chance . . . one more night to study . . . one more chance to make the grade.
All of us periodically suffer from the myth of the greener grass. Haven’t there been times in your life when you thought things looked better on the other side of the fence? In your drive to succeed, haven’t you dreamed of a field with less hardship and more rewards? Maybe in the face of some of your marital struggles you think life would be better if you had a different wife. Perhaps there have been occasions when you’ve climbed over a fence without looking up and getting God’s approval.
If you’ve ever longed for a better world, then you’ll have no trouble understanding why the man Jesus delivered from a host of demons wanted to follow him. For years the man had been bound with chains and kept under guard. Yet, the power of the demons enabled him to snap the chains and flee to underground tombs (Luke 8:26-39).