Notes from Jan

Fog Squinters

March 10, 2017

Heard from a friend today who disagrees with me on some of my political views.  Good friends do that. Speak truth to each other.

Our friendship’s based on more than agreeing on everything, like a healthy marriage. We are followers of Christ more than proponents of any political bias or interpretation of “truth”.  Hopefully, when God’s law to “Love God and our neighbors as ourselves” goes counter to political decisions, we’ll be on the same side.

Yet, maybe not.  I’m reminded of the truth in I Corinthians 13 in the Message,”We’re squinting in a fog.” It’s impossible to know and see clearly, faces pressed against frosted glass. Many daily decisions demand leaps of faith.  But I’m learning to live is to leap, though sometimes I prefer safety, unwilling to risk , fearful of rejection,  making a mistake.

It’s a battle I face, almost every time I post something.  Words stick tougher than Gorilla Glue. My grandmother taught me through a line from a poem, “Boys flying kites haul in their white-winged birds.  You can’t do that when you’re flying words.”

Today, I take courage for our country, from my honest friend.  We can choose to listen and learn.  We can learn to disagree respectfully. We must, also, continue to seek and speak truth  while remaining hopeful because of the One who sees and knows all. 

To all “Fog Squinters” comes God’s encouragement as we leap into the unknown of each day: “Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly…GO after a life of love as if your life depended on it…..because it does.”                    (I Corinthians 13:13-14:1 in The Message)






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  • Reply Sue Andringa March 10, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I love this, Jan! I find myself in the same place you are often. It is so necessary to be able to speak the truth IN LOVE to our family and friends. And it is so easy to be misunderstood unless the words ARE loving and even life-giving.

    Much love from me,

  • Reply wendy lane March 11, 2017 at 2:05 am

    So good to be able to love even when disagreeing on things. Even important things. Good for you! And your friend. <3

  • Reply Dale Lefever March 12, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Your friend is lucky to have you on the other end of the friendship. I try to remember that if two people are the same, one of them is unnecessary.

    Blessings to you my friend, Dale

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