And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND. (Lk. 8:10 NASB)
One of my pet peeves is when I’m not being understood, or more accurately, when I think I’m not being understood. Honestly, it’s usually more accurate that I’m not being taken seriously which is not the same thing at all. In fact, I confess, it’s probably a sign I’m being understood very well when people don’t take me seriously. But I want to be understood, I want to be liked, I want others to weigh my words and find them powerful and effective, meaningful. I want to “play the Great Man” as they say in 12-step programs (The Big Blue Book specifically). Once again, it’s silly and selfish.