Tit for Tat or Something Like That
Tit for Tat, it goes on and on...
Tit for Tat, how pathetic that as humans we have established an urban reality for our lives, with the colloquialism, even false realities of materialism and ego, all of which we embody to readily. When something is not our reality, we develop a rational for our stupidity, thus emphasizing our points of contention. Tit for Tat or “equivalent retaliation.”
Which political party do you follow? Are you a part of the political correctness, whatever that is? Why do Christians have such a problem with Atheists? Why do Atheists have such a problem believing in something, or for that matter believing in anything? Are the people your gossiping about “good people,” or "not your kind"? Is he an anchor or is she just a ball and chain? Be a friend to all or give up on someone? He said she said, you said, we said, do any of us know the truth? Do your decisions come from conviction or the flip of a coin? Do you ignore by omission, or resolve to be part of a solution? Tit For tat or something like that!
Are you ever up against this?
How sad that we don't see the big picture
One breath wasted in a battle over the triviality of anger or bitterness is shameful, and still we do it. What do we gain on either side of a position when we choose to attack, as opposed to coming to a resolute understanding? Is there a nagging twinge in the heart or at least in one’s gut, when feeling misunderstood? Regardless of emotional points of connection, be they real or imagined, it is imperative to see we may need to agree to disagree? In doing so, we accept the position that life is a series, of the consequential action, an effect to cause. One person’s junk is another’s treasure, someone’s right, is another’s wrong and so it goes in the world of, tit for tat.
However, ultimately, one cannot deny the neutrality of any point, we are individuals allowed free will and choice. During those times when we believe we’re solid and correct. To what do we attribute that correctness? What is our point based on, emotional reaction, anger, ego, political view, prejudicial thought, or perhaps the false power of correctness at all cost? As opposed to - self-control, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, patience, or, at least, love? Is love not, the purest form of said correctness?
How often, does choice override one’s inner voice? Responses failing in the loss of control, the rash judgment call, as opposed to humble understanding. Aren’t we all victims when it comes to the human conditioning? You may ask, what is that? This condition that overpowers our sane thought, well, let’s break it down; these unique features to the human condition.
First, we all desire a better understanding of the meaning of life. Who doesn’t want to be "in the know"? After all, being solely committed to our own point of view, allows for a smoke screen like protection, or does it? Possibly, the facade of life is one we frequently, clothe ourselves in? Somehow believing our steadfast commitment to our point creates a non-permeable filter that is needed to navigate a noncommittal assimilation of someone else’s reality. By allowing such a smoke screen to cloud true vision, is our image misconstrued? Are we possibly, so busy protecting self, that we lack connection? Which image are we trying to protect? The image we let others see or the one we can live with?
Oh no you didn't
Always seeking never stopping long enough to listen
The second feature of the human condition is that we undeniably seek gratification in many things, even though we attempt to deny the attraction to material possession. No matter our circumstance or placement in life, we are constantly aware of what is around us. We are pursuant of things we don’t have, coveting that beyond need, often adopting a rational where we make " wants” more of a necessity. Somehow we are convinced that to better one's self, is somehow based on externals. Self-worth becomes hidden in the entrapment of its coverings, such as material or unhealthy desires based on self-preservation. However, once achieved or attained, we note that true balance comes from internal gains, from truth, knowledge, grace and guidance from a power far greater than worldly explanation.
We have an insatiable hunger a driven curiosity for life answers and lessons; the means in which we direct these desires is where our problematic situation evolves. We rely exceedingly on "Human Condition" with it existentially free agent mentality. We realize consequences, and yet we are in a continual chasm of deceit and enticement, if not focused on true spiritual growth and, more importantly, relationship.
The issue remains we often choose not to rely on the provision of A Godly decision and rather succumb to self-preservation. Now if this preservation was based on grace and surrender to Godly design, we would be safe in Christ. The truth is, we stray from our center with the allowance of choice.
We must accept this commonality in one another, this fleshly flaw if you will, but do we understand that an external forceful pull is applied to all of us, and, therefore, for every action, there is a reaction, for every position, there is an opposition. We can choose to remain in the chaos, the chaos of perfectionism, which in itself is a fallacy, for none that is human is perfect. Rather, we should seek to be centered in, relationship, and we know beyond doubt relationships are only made perfect in Christ.
I said, she said, they said, we said...
Relationships are a practice for our true relationship in Christ
Relationships are so important to us and yet we have given up on perfecting them with a Christ-centered approach. We would not walk away from Christ when things are difficult, or do we? How often will we let our anger or confusion misguide us to a belief that we don’t need to stay in the commitment, perfecting one another, for the best we can be as part of the whole body? No matter how difficult it may be for us to process, it remains that God never fails us or gives up on us. He is constant and stays the course through all our distractions, and negative choices and He never let's go.
On the other hand, we with our human condition are so quick to give in or give up on one another. We tend to hurt the ones we love, instead of loving the ones we’re with, nonetheless, the ones we’re with, God has placed in our lives for a purpose, even in the storms, and deep in our guts, they are the ones we love the most even when in contention. We should work harder at loving like He loves.
God's love for us is the way we want to love and be loved. His love is deep in the heart and gut, this truth is simple and still we deny others this approach to relationship. For when something is rooted and constant we do not only tolerate it, because it has been set as a forever, in our mind and soul. To deny it’s there is to deny self, or pieces of your own heart, and yet still we do just that, with our tit for tat, bickering, gossiping and/or judging.
Once in a relationship, we begin to see the realness of those we are in a relationship with, and this makes us look in a mirror sometimes more than we can handle. Seeing the flaws we need to work on, we tend to run away from the hurdle not taking the leap toward what is awaiting us on the other side. Are we afraid of how close we can become when we remove the smoke screen and learn to move closer together in our imperfections, growing from our roots to a fervent mature love with a Christ? Accounting to the desire for a centered heart and relationship with Him and one another.
We all want the same things, to be loved and accepted for who we are. The one who does this unconditionally is our best example, His love is forever, but He also gives us relationships with friends and family, that allow us to practice what a Godly relationship is and He insists we never give up, and continue to work hard at becoming more like His example, always seeking to share this freely given love with others. Sadly, we get caught up in the worldly situations, in the adverse attention of negative, or dare I say evil thought, none of which is healthy. We get distracted and fear the loving accountability and nurturing that is given so freely to us. We forget to remain focused on His guidance and perfecting love, we get stuck in the tit for tat mentality!
We can be better spouses, friends, children, and mentors; none of us is better than another, or more important to the purpose of the day at hand. Young, middle-aged, or old, you are of value; you have a great purpose when it’s for the glory of God. You may not even be sure of what it is, but I assure you, if you keep seeking His call, He will reveal your destiny. Nothing from this world compares to His plan for you, don’t let anyone or thing tell you otherwise. Don't allow anything to discount or deny your importance to His purpose. Your casing of flesh is irrelevant, worry not about it when it attacks; focus on the heart within, where He is alive in you. Know that when we feel the pull, of ego or eccentricity, that these feelings are not coming from a loving God. We need to stop listening to the noise of the world, being a part of the tit for tat, and humble ourselves. When an act against you is incorrect, give it less energy and more humble observance to trusting God. He truly handles all things and situations, and ultimately God wins, therefore, I’m guessing, that He is the side you really want to be on. I suppose we could tit for tat this point to death, but choose to love instead.
I accept my imperfections, attempting to become more real each day in my relationships, by admitting I remain a work in progress, the love of God is first and I am second. No matter what others say or do, you are loved, you are a beautiful and wonderful creation, you were made just as He designed and don’t let anyone stop you with their Tit for Tat or something like that.
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