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When I was a child, my grandmother warned me not to touch the burner on the stove because I would get burned. She warned me not to aggravate the neighbor’s dog by sticking my finger in the chain-linked fence. You know the outcome when I didn’t listen to her. We have all done just the opposite of what we were warned and told not to do. The zoos warn people not to climb over the fence or feed the animals, and people continue to fall into animal dens and get killed. (Unfortunately, the animal is killed because the human did not follow instructions)
When we don’t follow instructions and heed warnings, we cause hurt to ourselves and to other people. It is bewildering to me that when we receive warnings from people, we often continue to do what we want to do. I think we all can be stubborn about certain issues; however, when stubbornness leads to demolishing relationships and augments the potential for more violence and conflict, then we possibly have to ask ourselves, “am I being stubborn or being hard- headed.”
May hardheadedness be converted to compassionate and peaceful hearts: Pray for peace in the birth place of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.