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Intransigence: Wednesday Words

I came upon this jewel reading an Associated Press news article about Tigris and Euphrates water use and climate change, together bringing drought to farmers downstream (November 18, 2022).

Both Turkey and Iraq, the two biggest consumers, acknowledge they must cooperate to preserve the river system that some 60 million people rely on to sustain their lives.

But political failures and intransigence conspire to prevent a deal sharing the rivers.

Samya Kullab, “Politics, Climate Conspire as Tigris and Euphrates Dwindle

Intransigence: refusal to change one’s view or agree on something

That word would have been quite useful in the political and social unrest of the last few years, wouldn’t it?? Our intransigence shattered many relationships because we were unwilling to bend or compromise, often not even taking the time or effort to understand one another.

Perhaps it’s time once again for a refresher from Paul:

“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

~Philippians 2:1-7 NLT

I admit, I remain quite instransigent when it comes to the birth of the universe and the beginning of time itself. Nature speaks too loudly of its Creator for me to believe any of it happened by mere chance!

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.”

~Colossians 1:15-16

Now it’s your turn! Is there anything you remain firmly instransigent about?

Check out Wednesday Words to find out about my vocabulary expansion project, and join along!

Write a post using the word “instransigence,” then put a link to your post in the comments below. I’d love to read your thoughts!

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