It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
~ Jerome K. Jerome
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
~ 2 Thessalonians 3:3
I am amazed at how when one person is working, there seems to be a small group crowded around watching. Certainly it doesn’t take a crowd to make someone’s work happen. We all do it at some point, whether it is watching a construction worker on a road site or someone crafting a shoe, or a piece of jewelry, or a piece of blown glass. Often they are “experts” even though they have never attempted those things before on their own.
I have been a little too concerned with being watched of late. And corrected. By the kids. No longer is a casual, “there are only a couple of days left of school,” allowed without a student saying “there are actually three.” No longer do I feel comfortable singing a song to the small ones to illustrate a point, when I hear, “I could sing better than that,” from a first grader. So maybe it isn’t who is watching ME, it is what I am choosing to listen to.
Ether darts are of the enemy, and opening my ears to the criticism instead of teaching manners to those young voices might be a better use of my time, my ears, my talents. At this end of our school year here in the North East, it is too easy to let the weariness of the end of the year become the “DJ” of our minds. Mea Culpa.
Today, Praise the Lord.
Maybe I can enjoy idling better after I do!
Because of Him,
If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends – you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.
but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
I sat there in the gathering hearing news about people I admire, respect, work with. Between sips and bites there came a time when my jaw stayed planted on the table. I was in shock. The news was not as hard to take as the joy on the faces of the others as my jaw dropped.
I am not going to tell you I have never ever said a disparaging work about someone. Those of you who know me know of an ongoing challenge I have with a family member. I do pray for that individual, and do my best to hold the line when we have contact. What bothered me at this gathering was the continued piling on of the “news” to see my reaction.
I don’t even know what to say here. Except that I know what I am called to be. And I felt as if I fell short in some way as these people continued to pile it on. If someone drives you crazy, pray for them. If someone is doing something that is unsavory to you, pray for them. I do not think we are called to walk around with our hands folded toward heaven with a pious look on our faces. I do think we are called to spread the good news. So that will be my goal for today. Spread some good news and hope it will help me to forget what I heard.
Words – Hawk Nelson
Because of Him,
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
Congenial conversation—what a pleasure!
The right word at the right time—beautiful!
~ Proverbs 15:23
Hawk Nelson – Words
Today, before I even go to the end of the scripture, I heard this song in my head. Just listen. Before you read another word.
I’ll bet you’ve forgotten the words you have spoken that changed someone’s life, direction, attitude from negative to positive. But I”ll bet you can remember words that have done otherwise.
Sometimes those words are just as growth encouraging as the others, but I’ll let you be the judge of that. A co-worker and I were discussing this just yesterday, that there is so much more to talk about besides people. My third grade said words yesterday that caused me to completely stop the lesson and walk away. They had to apologize to me before I would resume. They thought they were being funny, but they were hurtful and I told them. The lessons come from all kinds of words that we speak or that are spoken to us, but the kind, life-speaking words are indeed like that lush carpet of pine needles and spongy grass for the soul.
Today, speak life.
Because of Him,
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.
~ Robertson Davies
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
~ Ephesians 4:29
There are opportunities to speak in public all the time. For me, as an educator I do it every day, and my public is aged 5 through 11. In church the public has a different age, and in the neighborhood it changes again. The truth is, even if you are in your own home, you are speaking in public if someone else is listening.
If no one else is listening, your audience is tougher, and singular and threefold…
Wherever you are today, be mindful of your language. Does it speak of your bright future on earth, in heaven? Does it bear witness to your new life, even if you have been a Christian for all of it? Those four fingers on my right hand are pointing right at me, urging me to purge the “blackheads” from my speech.
Because of Him,