It seems redundant at this point, but once again, I ran into a bit of a rut writing this. But I came up with a strategy: I didn't actually start writing until 11:30PM, giving me approximately 25 minutes to come to a relatively understandable conclusion. There is no good way to segue into this with the limited amount of time, so I'm just going to say it. This week's topic is rebuke, or, more specifically, "What am I willing to call someone out on?".
I'm a bit of a pansy when it comes to confrontation. It's difficult for me for two reasons: (1) because, like I just said, I'm a coward, and (2) I'm pretty confident that I have bigger mess-ups than those I might call out. If you've spent an extended amount of time in a church, you have most likely come across this verse:
But, as it turns out, what took me a long time to understand was that this verse isn't about being a perfect person before calling people out. Instead, I think it's more a call to not ignore your own flaws, and to acknowledge that you have them.
Still, even though I kind of had that figured out, it was difficult to pick something that I would be willing to call someone out on because (say it with me now) I'm still a coward. However, after thinking about it for quite some time, I realized that there is something that I do actively despise, and that is the idea of getting drunk ("tipsy" ok) for the sake of "making things more fun" or because you "don't have a personality unless you're drunk". Probably not the answer you were looking for.
To make a long post short, I think the reason why I call people out on this (when it's said around me) is because I find it extremely difficult to understand that someone "doesn't have a personality" unless they aren't 100% conscious of themselves. What? That makes no sense.
Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with alcohol or its [excessive] consumption, but there is a problem when drunkenness is sought after or desired. Without trying to generalize the issue at hand, I do think that a large number of people seek it because they are trying to fit in to a crowd that they don't belong in. Not belonging somewhere is fine, though. Wouldn't it be better to find the place you do belong rather than inebriating yourself to enter somewhere you have to pretend to fit in? I don't know. I never understood it.
This post isn't really going anywhere fast. But I would really love to discuss with everyone about this topic (or any other topic I've written about so far, for that matter) and see what everybody else thinks? Or you could also answer the question. Thanks for reading! As always, feel free to join in on the #WVW fun! It's low commitment.
Actually, it's no commitment.