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Ruth's Life Lessons Blog 11 September 2015 A Time to Talk Things Through
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Glenn Coon was one of the popular evangelists during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. During each of his series of studies he devoted time to discussing family happiness. He came up with an idea that I found worked. His suggestions: “Choose a time when you will both be relaxed and not under pressure, perhaps on Sunday morning, and save your touchy discussions for that time. By then, perhaps it will be seen as not important, perhaps you will have recognized a peaceful way to approach the problem, and perhaps you both will already have come to an agreement.”
 
As one of my friends put it, “Choose your mountain to die on.”
 
An advantage of receiving an agenda well ahead of the time of a meeting is that it allows one to not only think through the issues but also to decide on an effective way to present your point of view. Too often our first reaction is not our best one. We need a little time, and prayer, to come up with that best one. I remember that Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”