Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Question for Readers

Can a person be meek and assertive at the same time?

What are your thoughts?


jesse said...


1. humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
2. overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
3. Obsolete. gentle; kind.

So I would say the answer is yes you can be meek and assertive at the same time. Depending on how you looked at the term meek. If meek means humbly patient, then you could easily be humbly patient to assert yourself. You can be assertively gentle or kind. I would assert one can purposely be assertively meek to others.

careyrowland said...

Jesus was the optimum blend of those two personality traits. The one who drove moneychangers out of the temple turned his cheek when tortured by Pilate's goons.
He is our example in that balance, demonstrating that, yes, we can be wise as serpents and yet gentle as doves, when we accept the daily guidance of the Holy Spirit, whose purposes are beyond our comprehension, yet made available to us as we walk in his paradoxical grace.

Patrick said...

Yes you can. You just need to have a strong foundation in what you know.

ded said...

Jesse, Carey, and welcome to Patrick!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I hope to get mine up soon, but school has most of my attention currently!

craig v. said...

Great question. I think finding this balance is central to living the life Christ calls us to. Carey is right on target in my view.

ded said...

I was thinking I would write a post out of responses to the question, but can't see anything else that needs to be said other than what has been said. Thanks for participating to each of you! Thanks Patrick for you comment. I don't think you have commented here before, and I appreciate your time.