Today I found myself thinking about the person I used to be. My husband loves to think he is the reason that I became the person I am today but I don’t like to give him that credit. I’m mean like that, ya know?
I remember about nine years ago I was talking to a competitor in my business, who actually is a co-worker now, about politics. I was very liberal and believed in Democratic thoughts all the way. He was a conservative Republican. I went to church, he didn’t. The only thing we had in common was our line of work.
To this day, I don’t recall what we were discussing but my viewpoints really made him angry. He laughed at me and said, “Someday you will be married with kids and you will become a conservative Republican.”
I laughed back and hushed away the idea.
His response, “Kids are going to change you more than you think.”
It was a very interesting response because it came from an unmarried man. Who actually is still unmarried to this day. Yet he spoke about marriage and kids as if he knew.
Maybe that is why I laughed at his response.
Or maybe I laughed at his response because I did realize he knew me better than I knew myself.
Fast forward only one year later, and my political views were starting to drastically change. And now I will admit, some of it did have to do with my husband. But mostly it was because my faith life was increasing and I felt the Holy Spirit urging me in a different direction.
I haven’t had the guts yet to tell this certain co-worker that he was right. Although, I think the change is pretty obvious and words don’t need to be spoken. As my old viewpoints were pretty obvious to the outside world. I guess I’m the kind of person that wears it all on my sleeve. I just hope my sleeve looks good to the outside world now.