Rerun of Daily Devotional August 21, 2017
A few days ago, as I stared into the bathroom mirror while shaving, I said, “It’s hard to believe I am this good looking.” Shannon said, “Yes, it is hard to believe.” But she said it without enthusiasm or vigor.
In fact, right after saying that my looks were hard to believe, she started laughing. It wasn’t one of those little chuckles. It was a full-on laugh. That’s when I began to doubt the sincerity of her words.
This hurtful encounter reminded me of King Solomon’s wise words: “In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.” (Proverbs 28:23)
I’m not sure I agree with Solomon. I would have much rather Shannon said, “Oh, yes! You are incredibly handsome.” Instead, she decided to make sure I know I am probably not as much of a stunner as I think I am. She decided to go with the truth.
And this is where I do agree with King Solomon words: “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” (Proverbs 17:27-28)
As you begin a new work week, you will probably run into someone who is delusional as I am. They may say something incredibly outrageous, and your initial response will be to fly off the handle and set them straight. Don’t do it.
Weigh your words carefully so that you may be a reflection of God’s love in a world that is filled with egomaniacal people who have trouble seeing past themselves. By using words of compassion, grace, and love, we can help people move in the right direction. That’s why we are here.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, fill my mind with discernment and my mouth with wisdom. Guide my conversations and interactions. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
This morning I am not going to bring up my looks. Instead, I think I will ask Shannon if she realizes how lucky she is to be married to me. I’ll bet it will be a conversation I never forget.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.