The ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
That’s a big word. So big, that sometimes I think it is beyond achievement. But then there comes a time when we can’t take it any more and stand up. It takes courage as you read in the last post on standing up. And sometimes it means we have to stand up. Yeah, you can get a good look at my new hair standing out, too.
But what do you stand for?
I’ve got three kids. Each one of them have different likes and dislikes, and every once and a while two of them will get into a battle over a the television or toy. It’s usually our youngest that stands up and gives the the ‘what for’ to stop their bickering. Our youngest just wants the fighting to stop.
A friend of ours from church recently came back from a trip to India His purpose there was to educate ministers to go forth and help the youth of India. A pretty dangerous mission in the current state of affairs in India.
Every day, I sit at work and listen to the klove radio station online. They are currently campaigning to raise funds to rehab an old school in Detriot and make a place for youth of families who have lost their jobs and trying to survive. I can personally relate to their cause, I lived in Detroit for three years and both my oldest two children were born there.
There are tribes of people who collectively write letters to soldiers and make cards to encourage them and praise them for what they’ve done for our country. And there are mothers out there educating teens and adults about sex, drugs, and driving under the influence.
These are all things people stand for. Do we tolerate it?
To a certain extent.
Then there are those of us we can tolerate it no more…
Those are the minority that stand up, stand out, and tell you what they will stand for.
Maybe you’ve had enough of what we’ve seen going on in the news around our own homes. But will you stand for making a difference? For changing your circumstances, or are you still learning how to stand out or stand up?
If this post doesn’t make sense, I apologize. I ran out of mocha cappuccino and my brain gets fuzzy late at night without a burst of caffeine.