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Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)
TITLE: When I Hit the Cable Box
By Gwendolyn Labovitch
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Van nodded, and May sat by my side in the car for moral support. We backed the car up slowly and with much care.
“Van, how are looking?” May shouted out the window always the careful one. Van looked up and said, “You are doing great.” All of a sudden, there was a huge “thump”.
“You hit it!” Van yelled laughing as May and I looked at each other with terror.
“Van, YOU DIDN’T WARN US!” May and I yelled back at him as we both wondered what my parents would think about this situation.
“You told me to tell you when you hit the cable box—not before you hit it,” Van said rolling in laughter as May and I got out of the car and tackled him into the snow. We, then, fell to the ground, also, rolling in laughter.
This event comes to my mind every time God calls me to “speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4: 25)” to another Christian. There are times when another Christian (or ourselves) will begin to put themselves in situations or walk down a path that will take them away from Jesus Christ instead of into a deeper relationship with him. God states that we are to love each other so much that we are to protect one another by being honest with each other. If we see someone going down the wrong path and do not warn them of the danger, we are held responsible for that person. After we speak the truth to them, the person is the only one responsible for their choice (Ezekiel 33: 7-9). We, as Christians, are to speak the truth with great care to each other before (and not just when) one of us the hits metaphorical cable box or what can be called as “bottom”. We need to warn and keep each other found going down roads that will only lead others to heartache, pain, and turmoil. Christians are not to speak the truth to be right or out of pride, but we are to speak the truth for the benefit of others. We are always to speak the truth found in the Bible that will always lead us to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
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