Yesterday’s message …
- Started what might be our most timely series ever, Up In Arms;
- Presented Proverbs as one of the few places in the bible where context is something, not everything;
- Had a rare “two phased” bottom line. For most of the message it was People who yell the loudest have the most to hide … And then, after asking people to write down three very specific questions (another rarity), I revealed the rest of it: … so trade your shouting for sharing.
I may have told some of you this before, but about about 14 yrs ago, right before we moved into this bldg, and I just had the worst week at week. Poorly executed decision at just the wrong time, big mess, dogs & cats living together. Anyway, early one morning that week I was taking my kids to catch a ride to school. They couldn’t drive yet; now they are both married & gone so this ain’t no yesterday story. Anyway, on that day in that week, one of them (I know who it was but I am going to keep it anonymous to protect his identity) said exactly the wrong thing and I stopped the car, put it in Park (that’s how you KNOW this is serious!) and just laid into them. I was ticked at my kids and I suspect it was loud enough the whole subdivision knew about. But you know what I realized? I wasn’t really mad at them; I was mad at church, at the situation, at my own dumb timing. I felt powerless to fix a situation here and as I took it out on my suddenly shivering kids they must have wondered, “Who took our dad and replaced him with an axe murderer?!” I had stuff going on, the wrong thing happened at the wrong time, and all of a sudden I was UP IN ARMS. (They would have said OUT OF HIS MIND.)