2 Timothy 2:23-24
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
Some people have an uncanny ability to draw me into the stupidest arguments. I don’t know why it’s so stinkin’ hard to resist certain people and arguments, but for some reason, it is. I remember spending an entire Wednesday afternoon one week arguing over a 3′ by 5′ space in a storage closet. Ridiculous, I know… Definitely not my proudest memory.
Why is it so hard to detach ourselves from silly, petty little squabbles? What causes us to fail in God’s command? Is it the honest belief that we’re right? Is it simple competitiveness? The desire to always be right? Yes.
If I wasn’t so caught up in making sure I came out of every interaction looking good and strong and in control, I wouldn’t mind letting go of pointless arguments, even if it looked like I backed down.
And maybe, just maybe, if I walked away from pure stupidity more often, I would have more time, energy and focus to face situations that are actually meaningful.
And, in the end, stupidity is shown for what it is. By walking away, I guarantee that I don’t get caught in the character fallout that’s sure to come.