Are you are stirrer?
Some people are really, really good stirrers. Some can stir up a mouth watering soup or a yummy cake batter. Some people like to stir up healthy debates and discussions. Some like to stir up trouble and turmoil.
We have an “extended Troyer family” text thread that is nuts. Some texts are ridiculously funny and others are just plain ridiculous. If you know any of my extended family, you will understand – ha! (And you can be sure I love every one of them). Recently, someone asked a controversial question and immediately left the text conversation. Another family member quickly added said person back into the conversation. They weren’t letting said person get away with stirring and leaving. Please understand – no one was mad – it was all in good fun and comical. In fact, my stomach hurt from laughing.
Do you know people who tend to stir up a hornet’s nest and then walk away to watch the ensuing buzzing and stinging? We know them. We have them in our circles. They can make life miserable. They are not the kind of people we want to spend time with for our own well-being.
Here are a few words from the Bible about stirring and stirrers.
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
A man who is hot-tempered will stir up strife, but he who is slow to anger, he will calm contention. Proverbs 15:18
...for their hearts plan violence, and their words stir up trouble. Proverbs 24:2
Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger. Proverbs 29:8
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” Hebrews 10:24
We have a choice, don’t we? We can choose to stir for encouragement or to stir for trouble. What kind of a stirrer would people say you are?
May we not be stirrers of trouble. May we stir up one another to love and do good.
Cheering you on!