I have some strong opinions/convictions, but I get squeamish about sharing them with others...if I think they will think I'm judging them (which perhaps I am).
Yes, I just admitted that I struggle with being judgemental.
At least I think I do.
I find myself giving my opinion, but then back stepping on it...trying to find a middle ground. Then I feel crummy later because I feel like I copped out.
Maybe I wrestle with not sharing my opinions with certain conviction because I want to please others. I want to be liked...listened to. I also want to be humble. I know that only God has cornered the market on truth and I am but a sinner (actually a saint, but you know what I'm sayin'!).
Let me give you an example: I truly believe with all my being that moms should stay home and raise their children (if they are able) - I believe this is a biblical mandate (I don't expect this of non-Christians...maybe my first problem is that I'm expecting anything). However, I have Christian friends that choose to work and it really upsets me. I want to convince them that they need to stay home and fulfill their God-given calling...but I don't want to be judgemental. I am not the Holy Spirit and I cannot and should not convict anyone of anything (right?)! It's not my job. But how do I balance that with another biblical mandate that says we should "speak the truth in love" and "admonition one another." Hmmmm...
What is your opinion on sharing opinions?
"An opinionated, people-pleaser is a difficult thing to be." Well said Kimba!
"Everything we say has to be said in love or it's just a painful noise. Sometimes that may mean not saying anything at all, especially if you can't think of how to do it." Anne Basso
"I guess the thing is that my readers want to know what I think about things." SquiggleMum
"I think we need to pray and ask for the Lord's guidance before we speak..." Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates