Happy Monday everyone!
I’m happy to report that I’ve managed to survive through most of the day without Sonja being here. I’ve actually shaved and showered and even cooked! (I opened a can of soup and heated it in the microwave – that’s cooking for me. )
Today’s quotation for the day goes like this:
- “Sympathy is a shallow stream in the souls of those who have not suffered.” _Warren Wiersbe, Classic Sermons on Suffering, pg. 198
A few days ago the mother of a minister friend of mine died. When I learned of this I immediately picked up the phone to give him a call. As the phone was ringing it was as if I could hear a voice saying, “Be slow to speak.” (James 1:19) It is so easy to give advice but in this case, thankfully, I have never buried a parent; what could I say to this dear friend that is grieving.
- James 1:19 instructs us to: “Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”
As we start a new week let’s make it our determined goal to live with our foot on the brakes – the brakes of snap decisions, blabbing our opinion and jumping to conclusions. If we do, I think our week will go a lot better and so will everyone else that has to put up with us!
david l. kemp
P.S. Extra credit quotations…
- “The rain falls on the just and also on the unjust, but chiefly on the just, because the unjust steals the just’s umbrella.” _Barbara Johnson, Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life
- “A real emergency is something that threatens your survival, not just your desire to be comfortable.” _David Bach, The Automatic Millionaire, p. 140
- “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” _Charles R. Swindoll, Laugh Again, p. 225