Tom Arthur

In my senior year in high school, I got into an argument about God with a girl who was not a believer. I was confident that I was right, until she brought up an idea I had never considered. Suddenly, I was speechless.

Since that day, I’ve tried to remain open to the possibility that I may be wrong. I try to remember that I don’t know everything, including every aspect of the core beliefs of my faith. When I’m in a conversation with people who don’t agree with me, I do my best to keep an open mind and to listen to their point of view.

“Tell us what your new teaching is all about. We have heard you say some strange things, and we want to know what you mean.”
Acts 17:19b–20 (CEV)

This doesn’t mean that I am wishy-washy. I hold firm beliefs, and I know that what we believe matters. But I try to remain open to hearing people out before I decide what I think about their beliefs. I try to go into every conversation willing to learn something new. My new attitude encourages other people to be open with me and also sets the stage for me to tell them what I believe.


JOURNAL: Write about a time when you thought you were right, only to realize you were wrong.

—from devozine (May?June 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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