Quit Your Online Quibbling!

All truth is God?s truth. But not all truth needs to be crammed into every communication. Think about those tweets you post with clever or thoughtful quotes. Or the reflective little blog post you wrote. Or maybe it was a brief conversation with a friend at church. You shared a little bit of truth.  Inevitably, though, you get those responses with the ?well, actually. . .? or ?what you really should have said was. . .? or the always helpful ?I think what he really meant. . .? It?s the army of conscientious nuancers. They correct, edit, adjust, supplement, complete, addend, and amend. Your truth wasn?t quite true enough for their liking. Sometimes truth just needs the chance to stand by itself, even if it?s small. Just because it?s not all of the truth doesn?t make it untrue. Many of those blanks are there for a reason. Often a bite of truth is better than a year?s supply. Sometimes a taste is what whets the appetite instead of force-feeding someone a meal.  Nuance and accuracy are good. Caveats and alternatives are necessary. But just as often a single true statement set by itself is good too.  When you see them, let them be what they are. Assume the best. Take them at face value. Not all truths need to be all the truth.

All truth is God?s truth. But not all truth needs to be crammed into every communication. Think about those tweets you post with clever or thoughtful quotes. Or the reflective little blog post you wrote. Or maybe it was a brief conversation with a friend at church. You shared a little bit of truth.

Inevitably, though, you get those responses with the ?well, actually. . .? or ?what you really should have said was. . .? or the always helpful ?I think what he really meant. . .? It?s the army of conscientious nuancers. They correct, edit, adjust, supplement, complete, addend, and amend. Your truth wasn?t quite true enough for their liking.

Sometimes truth just needs the chance to stand by itself, even if it?s small. Just because it?s not all of the truth doesn?t make it untrue. Many of those blanks are there for a reason. Often a bite of truth is better than a year?s supply. Sometimes a taste is what whets the appetite instead of force-feeding someone a meal.

Nuance and accuracy are good. Caveats and alternatives are necessary. But just as often a single true statement set by itself is good too.

When you see them, let them be what they are. Assume the best. Take them at face value. Not all truths need to be all the truth.

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Barnabas Piper

I am married to Lesley and we have two daughters, Grace and Dianne. Being a dad and having a full time job means I don't really have time for hobbies, but what time I do have is spent reading, writing, or watching sports. I'm the author of The Pastor's Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity.

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