If I were accused of being diffident, it would be hard to convict me. When I make a difficult decision I research my options, pray about the matter, and do what I think is best.
No one ever described Oliver Cromwell with being too subtle. In an open letter to Glenn Beck, Cromwell wrote, “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.” (BTW, it was quite common in Cromwell’s time to swear oaths by the various body parts of Jesus.) Nobody likes to thus addressed. Once a person’s mind has settled on an issue, a strong reluctance builds within toward the very thought of reconsideration. There are many issues that have been lightning rods for years. Regardless of a person’s position, it is exceedingly rare for someone to flip from one side of the matter to its opposite. I cannot recall anyone changing their mind one way or another about gun control, women’s choice, flag burning, or several other topics.
A kind person asked me a few days ago if I would reconsider a decision made several months ago. She shared the impact of my decision on her. This was no Cromwellian confrontation. I was a little taken aback. But I listened carefully and promised to pray about the decision for two weeks before deciding whether or not to reverse myself. I’ll let you know in two weeks what happens,