I met with my former Bible Fellowship teacher today because I respect the bajeebies out of him. He is old enough to be my father and I know he will shoot from the hip when it comes to questions on life and faith.
I had questions of both sorts for him today and he didn’t disappoint. I truly enjoy having opportunities to talk to people who can influence my life in such a positive manner.
We talked some about church polity and some of the questions that I post here from time-to-time. We don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye on some subjects but I know we can walk away from the conversation still respecting each other and looking forward to the next time we will get together for a cup of coffee. The ability for us to talk and listen to each other speaks of our mutual influence in the other’s life – a confluence if you will. Much like two rivers coming together and forming a greater river.
If either of us decided to limit the other in our conversation, then there would be a damming of that confluence and one or both of us would walk away bitter about the meeting.
Influence is funny that way. At least to my way of thinking, it works better when there is a confluence instead of a dam blocking the way.
I have to be reminded of that because there are some areas in my life right now that I don’t have a lot influence and it could be easy to become bitter about the them.
So, tell me about the person that helps you work through your thoughts.