The names in this devotional have been changed to protect the innocent – but they will know I am talking about them.
Last Thursday, I visited a wonderful couple in our church that, because of health reasons, have been unable to attend Sunday morning worship since the pandemic turned the world upside down. But, even though they cannot come in person, they have faithfully watched the livestream worship services on Sunday mornings.
Apparently, last Thursday was confession day.
Bill (not his real name) told me when he and Molly (not her real name) watch the Sunday service, she makes him sit in a hard straight-back chair because, when he sat in his recliner, he kept falling asleep during my sermon.
This got me thinking.
There are times when saying less is more. There are times when you don’t need to say everything that floats through your brain. There are times when telling your pastor he/she puts you to sleep just like an anesthesiologist doesn’t need to be said out loud.
The wisest of all people said, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” (Proverbs 10:19)
My personal experience is the more I move my lips, the more trouble I get into.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, give me wisdom to speak when I should and remain silent when it is best. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Just for the record, I told Bill and Molly (not their real names), that as long as they stayed awake during the offering, we were good. They liked that.
Also, if I come to your house and you feel it’s time to confess my sermons put you to sleep – don’t.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.