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A Week of Unwise Words

For some reason, this week has been a bit tough. I’ve lost my temper a few times. (sidenote: Why do we say we’ve lost our temper? What I really want to do is lose mine FOR GOOD. The phrase ‘lost my cool’ is quite accurate, but wouldn’t that mean I have the coolness factor to begin with?!) Back to my temper. I didn’t lose it on a huge scale, just enough to mean my voice got ahead of my thoughts and I said some unwise things. Thankfully, I didn’t do any major damage or name call, I just became very long-winded in lectures with snarky comments and exaggerated truths.

For some reason, this verse had popped up a few times:

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Proverbs 14:1

 Just when I was trying to avoid the “Foolish” word, there it is – plain as day. I’ve had a foolish week. I’ve owned up to it and apologized when needed, but building the house is a longer process than tearing it down. Upon waking this morning, I prayed to be wise (the whole time thinking “How do I? Is it possible?”), then I opened Bible Gateway’s verse of the day on my phone.

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock. Isaiah 26: 3, 4

There is my answer! I need a steadfast mind! How do keep my mind steadfast? Trusting in Him! When I see Him as my everlasting Rock, it is easy to rest on His solid promises.

For some reason, the verse of the day on my computer’s website of  Bible Gateway is different. But oh so timely!

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

What a promise! My week of unwise words is over. I will stay steadfast with my gaze turned up and my feet on the rock with my heart delighted in Him!

Building Bridges (or houses) takes time and work, unlike foolishness that tears down with just a word.

The Words Were Stuck

It takes time for her thoughts to form words. Before words come, the expression on her face tells you she is thinking. If she knows you will sit and listen, she will go through the painful process of trying to form words. I say it is painful because I can’t imagine it to be an easy thing to talk for over 80 years, then lose the ability. It takes time for her thought to form words. Most people miss it.

There is faulty and lengthy process for words to form then work their way to her lips. Often, the wrong word comes out and she has to correct herself. When the words finally escape the prison of her mind, they are murky and hard to decipher. Hazel is only able to say one or two words. Her few words have to convey a complete thought. It takes time. Most people miss it.

There is also a game of charades that comes with the words. Her wrinkled, curved finger points and motions as she wheels her chair around to help convey her thoughts. Her movements are not slow, but clever. Her motions show an active mind. A mind that wants to communicate. But communication now takes time. Most people miss it.

Hazel now requires extra care. People are busy. It’s hard to make time. It’s even harder to sit and wait for the communication to take place.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:26 – 27

Serving and loving others brings blessings to our lives. It takes time. Most people miss it. Sitting and talking to Hazel may not be as easy as it once was, and it definitely takes longer. But the blessing. Oh, the special, uplifting blessing! The twinkle in her eye and her crooked smile is pure and faultless, a reminder to not let the pollution of the world render our religion worthless.

It takes time. Most people miss it.

Don’t miss the opportunity –  build and maintain bridges with orphans and widows.

I know I’m guilty of going to nursing homes for the annual Christmas Carol singing. The kids sing, I hug a few necks and quickly leave, uncomfortable seeing so many needs. I feel good, like I’ve done my duty. I haven’t. I did not follow James 1:26. It was worthless religion. I just threw a stone at a bridge. I didn’t build or maintain any relationships. So what am I going to do now? Honestly, I don’t know. I do know that when God opens our eyes to a situation, he provides a way to serve.

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