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It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
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.
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
The right word at the right time—beautiful!
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.
Knowledge is haunted by the ghost of past opinion.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
~ James 1:22
I overheard a conversation last night. It is easy for me to remember it because it blew me away. The two men were friends, exchanging stories about the places where they were brought up. All was fairly standard until the one man said, “Oh, we used to live there, the neighbors did it right back there, when a family moved in they didn’t like, they burned the house down.”
If my ears had a jaw it would have dropped open! The man went on to desribe the unwelcome neighbors. A woman at the table offered, “My neighbor is from there and we are happy to have her!”
Conversation paused. The first man merely commented “Oh.” and moved on to a new topic. None of this would have made the huge impression that it did if the beginning of the conversation had not started with “Hey would you like to come to church with me this Sunday? You will love our preacher!” The conversation continued, but I got stuck right there.
This is just one example of things we do without thinking; expose our shortcomings without knowing , without thinking about it. And I cannot point a finger at this man without having four pointing back at me. I know I have said such ignorant things before.
Today, open the door, mentally or physically invite Jesus in, and the ghosts to leave. Give God your shortcomings and let God work them out while you work out. Let your words speak life.
Hawk Nelson, Words
Because of Him,