Monthly Archives: September 2013
Words are a powerful force for good or evil. Words can either build up or tear down, create a new relationship or kill an old one. And we all possess them–a whole arsenal full. The question is: How will we use our words? When my daughter was young, she had a friend at our Christian school who antagonized and tormented her. It really bugged me. It was a tough situation because I liked this little girl’s mom. Finally, one day I couldn’t stand it anymore and I said something. As you can imagine, it didn’t go well. Yeah, I “spoke the truth” alright, (my daughter wasn’t the lone recipient of this treatment), but I didn’t speak it “in love.” No, I growled it amidst a fit of mama-bear-itis. I spoke up because “it needed … Continue reading
“As a matter of honor, one man owes it to another to manifest the truth.” ~ Thomas Aquinas I sat listening while Kim shared a problem she was having with the other moms at her kid’s school. “I feel like they’re looking at me and talking about me.” she glanced away, chin tucked and shifted in her chair. “Well…” I groped for words of reassurance, but I was stuck. See, I knew exactly what the problem was, had witnessed it. Her son was unkind to the kids in his class and had developed a reputation for cruel words. The other parents didn’t want their kids hanging out with him and wondered why his mom allowed his behavior. I looked down and rubbed an imaginary spot on the dining room table. I … Continue reading
On this Labor Day, as we approach a new season, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) I’m looking forward to that promised harvest! How about you?