Depending on our convictions, all of our priorities will differ. I have a few close friends whose priorities of eating healthy are at the top of his list; so high that they were willing to make massive lifestyle changes to live in tune with his convictions. This confuses a lot of people, including myself at times, because I have no idea where they are coming from. My strongest convictions don’t lie with what I put in my body, but rather who I interact with and how those interactions work. But who is to say either are more important? I have a lot of respect for these friends because they are the most pro-active people I know when it comes to how they should live.
Some convictions baffle me. Some people biggest concern is that gays don’t get married. Some is that all their friends made it to church last Sunday. I do believe that convictions give us a peak into each other’s life and the journey we are on. My convictions change constantly. I remember throwing out (deleting) all my secular music because I thought it wasn’t honoring God. I remember kicking someone off a worship team because she was dating an unbeliever. I remember watching in awe as Christians I respected said fuck or shit. I remember being heart broken when I found out someone close to me tried pot. I remember thinking less of someone because they drove a Hummer. I remember feeling a touch of superiority when I saw someone wearing an expensive brand name. I remember being pissed off at mega churches.
It is these feeling and passions that fuel my existence, whether or not they are valid or true. One of the biggest lessons in life will be learning to appreciate people’s convictions while not assuming that if they aren’t following yours they are in the wrong. For some reason we see other people’s convictions as threats against our own. Or we feel the need to hold everyone to our own convictions. I don’t think either way is right. We need to learn to appreciate and value people’s convictions and if anything let them be a peep hole into their life. And we need to learn that our convictions say a lot about us and where we are at and that not everyone is on the same page. Not everyone cares.
Convictions can be beautiful things. They make us who we are and they give us something to passionate about. They help us prioritize our lives and help us be better people. They aren’t to be used for guilt but rather for freedom. Keep this in mind next time you are weirded out by someone else’s convictions. Remember that their convictions don’t govern your life but knowing them and valuing them will help you be a better neighbour.