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Fix My Eyes

Faith is like radar that sees through the fog — the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.” 
      ~ Corrie ten Boom
 
God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
 
     It is so easy to tear down. So easy.  Before 2010, I had never heard the word snarky.
snark·y
ˈsnärkē/
adjective

NORTH AMERICANinformal
  1. (of a person, words, or a mood) sharply critical; cutting; snide.
    “the kid who makes snarky remarks in class”
    • cranky; irritable.
      “Bobby’s always a bit snarky before his nap”
    Since then, it is close to replacing “sarcasm” as a way of life, at least where I live.  It is so easy to grab a gavel and judge, point that finger and pontificate, shake one’s head in disgust and forget to pray.
          Where we are now in the world, we cannot afford anything but to pray.  Build up, vocalize that word of affirmation, that compliment.  It is important to build up those in the body of Christ.  Sometimes we are the only thing standing in the gap between life and death.  No matter what front we are on, standing together in Christ is integral and more important than any other way one can stand.  Jesus has to fill us up, wash our core, be our core so that He is the lens through which we see, hear and speak.  In HIM we live and move and have our being.  How can we afford anything else but to build up the body of which Jesus is the head?
     Today, use your faith radar to see, to hear, and to speak.  Build up another believer, or the one that God prompts you to build up.
 
Fix My Eyes
 
     Lord, help me to accept praise in the light of your word, help me to give praise, encouragement according to your love. Keep my faith radar in working order, that I may use it for your glory.
     Because of Him,
     Linda
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Honey in the Rock

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. 

                                               ~ Joyce Brothers
 
A gentle response defuses anger,
    but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.                     
                                               ~ Proverbs 15:1
 
     My greatest happinesses as a child centered around my nuclear family.  Visits to the extended family in Massachusetts always sent us home in a silent car for the greater duration of the trip.   
   
     There was that moment when my surviving grandmother ceased to be a magical creature and became a controlling manipulative person.  It took everything I had to rally and let her be a human being just like everyone else, and love her back into the magical creature. She made the best cupcakes ever and insisted that we eat them from the side so as not to go through the frosting all at once.  They were worth every bite.  
     When I married, I was so happy to expand my family, and equally challenged by it.  I was so used to family being “away” that having folks close by was hard.  But it made me learn to make my no’s mean no and my yeses mean yes.  And it helped me to learn how to be stronger in so many other ways.
     My biggest regret is learning to be sharp tongued.  It was something that seemed right in the moment, and then it got worse and worse as I used that tool in defense.  It is so easy to shoot back an answer without thinking and then wish I had done better.  My dad used to scold me when he heard this new behavior and I am still trying to learn to literally bite my tongue instead of answer sharply.
     Today, dip your words in the honey of the rock.  Then sing out kindness, or sing in  your head when you cannot.  Family or no family, this is an important lesson.  A lesson that leads to happier times.
 
     Because of Him,
      Linda
Honey in the Rock – Bluegrass

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Like a Seed

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious. 
 
     ~Bill Meyer
 

How well God must like you—
    you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon,
    you don’t slink along Dead-End Road,
    you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.

2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
    you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
    bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
    always in blossom.

~ Psalm 1:1-3

Boy am I glad God loves me

though there is a stench about my shoes

I have read all the graffiti on the Dead End sign,

I have an advanced degree in Smart-Mouth.

My own guilt condemns me, yet

He makes me fruited bread

drizzled with honey,

He sets a cup of kindness to my lips 

each day, sends small blossoms

singing their way through my path

and surrounds me with family

of His own choosing.

Oh Lord, I praise your Holy name!

Fill my thoughts with seeds of joy,

make the psalmist’s prayer my own,

I will ever praise your name.

Because of Him,

Linda

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Snarkville

     A stiff apology is a second insult…. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt. 
 
     ~ G.K. Chesterton
 
     So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
 
     ~ Romans 12:1-2
 
     Why do my students ask me if I am being sarcastic when I compliment them?  Why do adults from other states ask the same question?  I wondered until I looked at the television that they are exposed to, as compared to the television of say, the 50’s and 60’s.  
 
     There was no swearing on TV, there were people sleeping in twin beds even if they were married, there were upstanding families of several configurations.  There was a moral skeleton on which these shows were hung. The newscasters wrote their own copy which had to be free from bias.  
 
     And now there is criticism, sarcasm, falsehood from every direction a child turns.  “I lied and told him his father died.”  “I lied and told her we couldn’t afford it, but I got a new ____.” “If we could only get rid of ____, my life would be easier, but ___keeps pointing out the truth.”
 
Eventually they know.  They talk to me, they tell me what saddens them, what they are angry with, why it hurts.  And that is in the course of a lesson.  
 
Many are trying to fill that God shaped hole with everything but God. 
Lord, push all from me that is not shaped for you.  Clean out the sarcasm, the anger, the lies, and leave us shining, reflecting your glory.
Amen
 
Because of Him,
Linda
 
The God Shaped Hole
 
Every point of view has another angle
And every angle has its merit
But it all comes down to faith
That’s the way I see it

You can say that love is not divine and
You can say that life is not eternal
“All we have is now”
But I don’t believe it

Chorus:

There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us
And the restless soul is searching
There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us
And it’s a void only he can fill

Does the world seem gray with empty longing
Wearing every shade of cynical
And do you ever feel that
There is something missing?

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Sarcasm? Er, uh…

People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing. 
 
       ~ Will Rogers
 
 

10-13 David blessed God in full view of the entire congregation:

Blessed are you, God of Israel, our father
    from of old and forever.
To you, O God, belong the greatness and the might,
    the glory, the victory, the majesty, the splendor;
Yes! Everything in heaven, everything on earth;
    the kingdom all yours! You’ve raised yourself high over all.
Riches and glory come from you,
    you’re ruler over all;
You hold strength and power in the palm of your hand
    to build up and strengthen all.
And here we are, O God, our God, giving thanks to you,
    praising your splendid Name.

~ 1 Chronicles 29:11

 

Imagine if your preacher flew into a rage in the pulpit.  What if he or she just started going through his or her laundry list about a person or a subject at full volume, with no thought for the effect on those in the congregation?  I, for one, would hear a small alarm going off in my head, and I would be on alert.  I only heard this once in my Christian walk, where it was anger and not righteous indignation.  It was a traveling evangelist who was used to moving the crowd and moving on.

 

He served for a short time in a church I attended over 30 years ago.  What he did was physically split the church in weeks to come.  There was a rending of God’s people that still throbs like arthritis in bad weather on occasion.  Will Rogers was known for his kindness, for his humor, for his honesty in his comments political and otherwise.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt said of Will, 

 

 “His humor and his comments were always kind. His was no biting sarcasm that hurt the highest or the lowest of his fellow citizens. When he wanted people to laugh out loud, he used the methods of pure fun. And when he wanted to make a point for the good of mankind, he used the kind of gentle irony that left no scars behind it.”

— President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

What struck me in this comment was “no biting sarcasm.” I am guilty of this, I am good at this, and sadly it seems to be the norm for many where I live.  It is so easy to be sarcastic sometimes.  I am always touched by the sincerity of those who don’t use sarcasm.
Today, try to give your anger to God, and if you are a sarcasm user, try to substitute more direct, kinder words. The kind that if you were given the opportunity, you would not mind if you were quoted from before God, from the pulpit.
Because of Him,
Linda

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In a soulmate we find not company but a completed solitude. 

  ~ Robert Brault

 

     Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you—and both because of God. There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. You’re involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter.
 
 ~ Philippians 1:29 (The Message)
 
He walked into the room.  I said “Oh no!” meaning that I knew we were going to have a good time making people grown at the mercy of our puns.  He had experienced a not so great day, and when I saw his face, I knew.  “Gee thanks Linda, just what I needed to hear.
He was not smiling.”
I was horrified at what I had said to my Pastor as he explained,
“We hear that a lot. We enter a room, and even though folks are mostly kidding, they say, “Oh no, the fun is over now, the Pastor is here.”
Of course I apologized and of course we began a round of puns after he had a chance to relax.
Today, be mindful of your humor, try to remove any sarcasm before it turns into barbs.  Speak life.
Because of Him,
Linda

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If you see something…

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. 

     ~  Author Unknown
 
 
Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.
 
     ~ Titus 2:2
 
Unkind words are one thing, words of truth are another.  I was reading someone’s comments on a friend’s Facebook page.  There was a photo of a lovely young woman speaking to a man all dressed in black.  He is a rock star and was performing in a benefit for a local organization.  The first three remarks were nice ones and then there was that next remark.  It wasn’t much, but it was critical.  Spoken without thinking, or in this case, typed without much thinking, but sadly very typical in this region in the past 30 plus years.  The short lesson here is, think.  Once you put it on Facebook, or in the ears of another, it is there. In the case of Facebook, it is forever.  In the greater recording studio in heaven, it is as well.  
 
But the focus I was heading towards was this;  there was a man in our congregation who made it a habit to let his hands “slip” when hugging the women in the church. The first time it happened to me, I thought it was a mistake, the second time I thought it was an accident, but quickly thereafter it became apparent that it was a studied habit, and a weakness of that individual.  Needless to say I avoided hugs from this man.  He was a pillar of the church, in the “old school” way. He was a respected member of the community, so I was afraid to say something to our pastor at the time.  But eventually I gained confidence because my daughters were coming up.
 
Truly, “If you see something say something” is not just about packages and luggage unattended.  It is also about inappropriate behavior, left unchecked, unreported.  
 
Let your words be truthful and kind where you can, and when you have to report something, do it for your sake, and for the sake of others. It is one of the kindest things you can do for the offender, that others may pray for them.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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