Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Don't be quick to speak.

Be careful what you assume because sometimes you might be wrong.

Yesterday while driving back from an outing I heard my boys in the back seat doing their version of theology. Many times when they discuss heaven and hell they are doing it to scare the youngest one. I know. How can they tease their little brother with such an important decision as ETERNAL life? Why do they time and time again love to say the word...H-E-double-hockey-sticks and then tell their brother that's where he's going to go if he isn't saved. It must be a sibling boy thing but it really pulls my chain. So I assumed that's what they were up to. I overheard the oldest saying something about ...Urriah and David and then I just started to boil. "Is he going to talk to his brothers about adultery?" I'm thinking? "Is my 13 year old that cruel?" He should know a 10 year old and 5 year old wouldn't get it nor would they understand. When I listened a little more careful...this is what I heard... (it was in the King James because that was what was in the back of the van...)

B says with his speech impediment and just dropped voice..."Obed, the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been Uriah's wife,
Solomon the father of Rehoboam...."

on and on he went. Since they had to go without their electronics...they grabbed what was around them and were reading their bibles. They stopped somewhere in Matthew Chapter 2 and I was dumbfounded because I was just about to scream at them to stop talking nonsense and stop picking on their brother. They were just reading what was in the van to keep themselves occupied.

I felt pretty shamed because I assumed before I really looked at the whole picture.

Be careful what you say before you say it. "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he ho holds his tongue is wise." Proverbs 10:19. Let's be careful what we say and when we say it.

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