Daily Devotional for October 7, 2021

Yesterday, when I left the doctor’s office, they gave me a huge stack of papers.  I did not read any of them.

When I got to the church office, Shannon and Melissa were visiting.  That’s when I happened to glance at the mountain of papers, I had gotten at the patient check out.  

Under Preventive Care, it listed the COVID-19 Vaccine and next to it were the words “Never Done.”  That wasn’t true.  Shannon and I had both been vaccinated by Bell County. 

I asked Shannon what she had done with my vaccination card.  She said she had given it to me.  That wasn’t true.  I emphatically claimed Shannon had insisted on keeping my card with hers because she was afraid I would lose mine.

Shannon didn’t have my card.  It was clear she had lost it.  I made sure she understood a good wife would not have lost her husband’s vaccination card.

Since Shannon never loses anything – ever, she searched the entire house.  Then, she proudly presented me with my vaccination card.  Apparently, she had given it to me  months ago because it was in the basket where I keep my keys and pocketknife.  That was the moment I knew I had stuck my foot in my mouth – again.

I do it all the time.  But while I usually just stick my foot in my mouth, there have been moments when I have stuck my foot in my mouth all the way up to the kneecap.  It’s not a pretty sight.

It is in those moments when I need to remember with wise words of Solomon, “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.”  (Proverbs 21:23)

Shannon made sure I understood a good husband would tell Melissa he lost his own vaccination card and his good wife was the one who found it.  Then she made some vague threats about me being asleep, a pillow, and how she would spend all the life insurance money.  I was more than a little disturbed.

The lesson here is simple.  Don’t shift your mouth into overdrive while your brain is still in neutral.  It only causes trouble and threats about how your wife will spend the life insurance money.  You don’t want that.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please help me stop putting my foot in my mouth.  Give me a few wise words that keep me out of trouble.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

The less said, the better.

Those are words to live by.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins