I’ve been enjoying Nancy Leigh DeMoss on Revive our Hearts lately, and today’s show used the word “amenable” to describe a desirable characteristic of a woman.  It’s not a word that I use every day, of course, but it’s a good one, meaning agreeable or willing to comply.  Obviously, a person cannot be agreeable to everything, certainly not to ungodly things, but it hit me that amenability is exactly the characteristic that I would like to see more in my children, especially in their relationships with each other.  It’s not necessarily agreeing with everyone about everything.  It’s more of a mindset, a willingness to cooperate and work together as much as possible.

It’s the difference between responding to a declaration of  “I don’t get this,” with, “You wouldn’t!” and responding with, “What’s the problem?  How can I help?”  It’s the difference between a prickly and easily offended heart and a heart that truly wants to have a harmonious relationship.

The thing that particularly struck me about this word is its close relationship to “Amen.”  I had never thought about that.  “Amen,” of course, means “Let it be so.”  And that’s the key to good relationships–doing our best to agree together whenever possible. 

It’s the key to a relationship with God–not fighting Him or bucking against His ways, but desiring to please Him. 

It’s the key to a good marriage–having a heart that yearns to please your spouse as much as possible

It’s the key to friendships–showing kindness and providing a listening ear, being a good companion

It’s the key to parenting–enjoying your child and listening to what they have to say, rather than only correcting them

It’s the key to racial relations–building bridges and maintaining them rather than erecting barriers

It’s the key to good leadership–discussing the issues and learning the hopes and desires of the people, then working together to achieve them

All of those things lead to harmony and peace.  And it all begins with one little attitude of heart.

Let’s do our best to live amenably.  Let’s practice our AMEN-ability.

Amen.  Let it be so.



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I'm a wonderer. I spend a lot of time mulling, pondering, and cogitating. This is just a place to park some of those thoughts.
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2 Responses to Amenability

  1. You seem to have this ability to hit the nail on the head:)

  2. Hutch5 says:

    i like when i catch nancy leigh on the radio… i’ve been to a few of her revive our hearts conferences in the past and been so encouraged by them!good thoughts. thanks for sharing.. goes along w/ some things the Lord is working on in my heart.have a great day!

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