Remember that what I’m telling you are only my opinions, but I am telling them to you very vehemently because they are my vehement opinions. I don’t have any mild opinions. ~ Allen Reid McGinnis
I was named Counseling Director of a crisis intervention center when I was 22. I trained and supervised a volunteer counseling staff of 65 and paid staff of 4 in a city of 180,000. I was completely unqualified. I had a Psych degree and I interviewed well. At 22, I lacked both the wisdom and the life experience for the job. What I didn’t lack was opinions.
That’s the thing about opinions – we all have them. And we all think we’re right or presumably we’d change them. What I share here at Two Minutes of Grace are my opinions.
If I weren’t limited to 2 minutes, I would begin every post with something like this:
I want to emphasize – and please keep this in mind when you read my blog, or any blog, or listen to a sermon or read a book – nobody speaks officially for God. God is more than able and willing to speak to you Himself.
I can tell you things that I’ve come to believe with every fiber of my being, and you can disagree with every fiber of yours. And we can still extend respect and grace to each other. If anything I say doesn’t square with what you believe, my encouragement is to give it some prayerful consideration and then assimilate it or dismiss it. I’ll do the same when I read your thoughts.
Regardless of how fervently an opinion is held, it is still that, an opinion.
The most interesting people I know have a lot of opinions.
The smartest people I know, know that they have a lot of opinions – and acknowledge them for what they are – opinions.
The wisest people I know have core convictions and springing from those convictions are many opinions which they hold onto loosely enough that they’re open to the idea that they may be wrong.
Truth. Yes and No. Yes – it will set you free. No – no one has a corner on it.