A while back Angie (who finally has a new post) and I had a great conversation at our house about what she called “Tiptoeing” I called it walking on eggshells. I really wish I had taken notes.
I don’t know how much of a series this will turn into but I wanted to try to write some of it down.
I’ve been a part of a number of situations where I felt that I had to tiptoe around others so as not to offend. Sometimes I have sensed that from others. They were walking on eggshells. We’ve all experienced this I’m sure, we’ve probably done it ourselves. I really want to focus on how that effects churches.
The Winkler trial is kind of like that. I’ve heard a number of things privately but no one wants to talk publicly about it.
When we tiptoe (don’t say what we feel or think) we really not being ourselves. Do enough of that and you will come to realize that the people that “like” you don’t really like YOU, they like that false image of who you are. There is little comfort in that.
You also rob them of the gift of who you are. They don’t get to feel the weight of the real you. The God given person that you are.
I have been in certain situations where there was a overwhelming pressure to conform to group think. That is to agree with what “everyone” thinks. How do you not do that and maintain unity?
There is a lot more to say on this, What about Romans 14? next.