Rewrite: Two Views

1. I’d heard plenty about him.
2. I’d heard so much too.
1. But my meeting with him wasn’t what I expected.
2. Me neither.
1. They told me he was wise.
2. Yes I heard that.
1. He wasn’t wise at all! Was acting more like a fool.
2. People call me a fool. People judge me a lot. They justify themselves by condemning me. Make themselves feel strong by pointing out my weaknesses. He didn’t do that.
1. He was rude to me, told me I needed to change my thinking.
2. Really?
1. Well, not in so many words. But he clearly had no respect for me.
2. Did you have respect for him?
1. How could I?
2. Strange, I found him humble and kind, intensely interested in me.
1. Huh. I found him arrogant. Full of himself and his own ideas.
2. Why not try again? I’ve got to know him a bit, I could re-introduce you.
1. You? Why do I need you? Forget it. I’ve got better things to do with my time.
2. I don’t think you’ll find anything better… you know, he made me laugh for the first time in a long time. Broke through the shell I’d built around myself…
1. See what I mean? You’re just like him. Arrogant. Full of yourself. You want to take a look in the mirror.
2. And you? Have you taken a look lately?
1. I don’t have time for this.
2. He’s not trying to control us you know. It’s about something else. Relationship. You know it’s funny…
1. What is?
2. Well, I’d have had exactly this conversation with myself before I met him. I was angry and frightened too.
1. Angry and frightened? You don’t know what you’re talking about. Leave me alone.
2. Okay, but if you need to talk…

Luke 7 v 36-40; Luke 18 v 9-14

 

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