The shift Susan describes is pretty subtle. Do you think it would really make a difference if Christians were to say “yes, and” rather than “no, but”?

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Susan Isaacs tells more of her story in her book Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir.

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5 Responses to “Just Say Yes”

  1. Marla says:

    Very good! We are called to love one another, that’s everyone not just those walking the same path. What better way to love than to say “yes, and….”. Great perspective!

  2. Benjamin Ady says:

    Susan!!!!!! YES YES YES YES YES!

    Craig–I can see how you would think it’s subtle, and yet this little shift in attitude has massively impacted my way of relating to other people–it’s something I’ve learned as I’ve learned to work with autistic children as a SonRise child facilitator. I find it *super* exciting to be ABLE to do this. It feels SO much awesomer than the way I learned in the church in which I grew up, which was TOTALLY full of “NO” and “BUT” and generally confrontational stuff like that.

  3. Steve says:

    Very good! We are called to love one another, that’s everyone not just those walking the same path. What better way to love than to say “yes, and….”. Great perspective!

  4. Laurie says:

    This is great! And as we progress in the challenging work of acknowledging that God IS in each person – not just the ones who agree with us – it will be easier to comprehend that ours is not the one “right” perspective. Acknowledging that other perspectives are *equally* valid may be the next step toward living the reality that WE ARE ALL ONE.

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