I know you’re probably tired of hearing about my experiences with Megan’s studies, her math in particular, but it seems to have so many spiritual applications.
Math sucks––Megan hates doing it and I hate checking it (no knock on Tina but unfortunately I’m more astute at it than she is). Rarely does Megan ever get 100% of the problems right. Actually, the problems are already there for her, it’s the solutions that she’s tripping up on. I give the paper back for her to correct her mistakes. Inevitably, an attitude and argument ensues. Megan is no different than so many of us––she cannot stand to be wrong.
Sometimes facing the truth can seem more painful than accepting a lie. The fact of the matter is that when you are convinced that your answer is valid or that your way is right, it can be a real punch in the gut to find out differently. Make no mistake about it, though, the pain or disappointment of being wrong has no bearing on the truth of the matter; she can disagree with the truth that her answer is wrong until the cows come home but at the end of the day, her answer is no more correct than it was before, the only difference now is that she’s knee deep in cow dung.
This makes it easier for me to comprehend why some people get so angry or offended when you try to share the Truth of the Word with them. They disagree with you; their philosophy of the Truth is different; you’re telling them that their answer just might be wrong; that they may not have found the right solution. It’s sad but some people would rather sacrifice the Truth for being “right,” sometimes even if they are aware that it will only delay and intensify the pain. We can’t help that. Truth hurts but that doesn’t make it any less true. On that glorious day when Christ comes in the clouds, there’s going to be some hurtin’ people but He’s still coming nonetheless.