June 11th, '18
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WATER OFF A DUCK'S BACK
do not take to heart everything people say..." (Ecclesiastes 7:21)
Sound people are able to shed rain. They don't
bruise easily. They have a filtering system that sorts out the imperative and
important from the impertinent. In other words, they let some things go in one
ear and out the other, or we could say, injuries deflect like water off a
duck's back. The reason Solomon tells us to not take every conversation
seriously is because, "many times, also...even you have cursed others" (vs 22).
Yea, I've said a lot of things I wish I could recall like a defective auto
part. Some words are knee-jerk reactions. Some are unadvised or accidental,
usually unintentional, but even when mischievous in intent we can glean
something positive if we listen closely. David wasn't offended by Shimmei's
ranting and rock throwing, because it might be, he thought, that the Lord was
trying to get a message through to him.
"Great peace have they which love thy law, and
nothing shall offend them" (Psalm 119:165). The key is in knowing your security
in God. If all things work together for good to them that love God then that
includes criticism and censure. One fruit of the Spirit is "temperance", or as
other translations have it, "self-control". Offenses will come but you don't
have to take offense. If you can say no to dessert then you can say no to
offense. I'm not talking about developing tough skin and a consequent hard
heart. Dressing in a rain coat or opening an umbrella during a downpour is not
weakness; it's common sense preservation. So if you start humming under your
breath while the foreman is reading you the riot act that is okay. That way you
don't hear everything he says plus you sharpen your musical skills at the same
time! Better yet, you don't burst back with words you'll later regret.
The main point behind Richard Carlson's
best-seller titled, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff", is that it's all small
stuff. 99% of the time everything will be back to normal tomorrow morning.
"This too shall pass" is the frequently quoted Bible quip. A mere nod or smile
is usually reply enough. No explanation, exoneration or defense is needed. Love
covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8) and blocks a multitude of cutting
jabs. Just like a computer your brain has a blocker for unsolicited junk mail
and spyware. "Whatsoever things are...of a good report, think on these things"
(Philippians 4:8). In that case you consider the source. You make a forthright
decision to not let the problem people get to you; "Not returning evil for evil
or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing..." (1 Peter 3:9) "May God
bless you Mr. Grinch. Have a pleasant day". How easy was that? His lips move
but you don't hear what he says because you are caught up in the joy of the
Lord, a joy the world didn't give to you and the world can't take away (John
16:22). Simply put, it's no big deal. It's spilt milk. It's water off a duck's
back. It's life. Take a deep breath then say hallelujah. The other person
probably didn't even realize how his words sounded to you...that is, if they were
even directed at you.