This election and new presidency has helped me a great deal. Specifically, it has helped me to see that our country is deeply divided. As such, our country needs people who may have diverging interests but seek the common good. I am lousy at math. But I do seem to recall something about finding the common denominator. I need to always seek that out.
My kids had an argument a few weeks ago. And I sat back and watched it for a while. Both had positions to defend. Both had outcomes they were seeking. And both had a winner take all mentality with no room to consider what it would look like to compromise. I had to throw in a yellow flag and walk them through the process of getting to a win win solution.
In my last youth ministry job, I had all my leaders stand in two lines, one line facing the other. And I told them that their job was to somehow convince the other person to change over to their line. That was the goal. And they were to pretend that if they could convince the other person to change lines, they would get $5,000. After much bartering and deal making, eventually someone would cross over. What they failed to realize is that if they had both changed lines, they both could have won. If they both gave up their position, and changed places, they both would have won. it was a great team building exercise in evaluating the situation and figuring out how both could win.
Now, probably more than ever, our country needs win win people. How do we both win? There are certain Biblical mandates that can’t be compromised. But we can move closer to a win. There are certain ideological differences throughout our country. How do we move closer to a win?
I am learning. I am learning to embrace, to listen, to understand. I don’t always agree, like or care for opposing opinions. But I need to find the win win. What can we agree on? What are you learning?