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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Shhh. (02/18/10)

TITLE: A Time To Keep Quiet
By Michael Chu


Invariably, all of us would encounter a bad hair day where things simply go awry for no apparent rhyme or reason. During such times we would find ourselves engaging in negative self-talk or self–blame as well as drifting into self-defacing imagination. Worse still, we could become angry and begin to lash out at innocent folks in our line and range of fire. And, this is when we crossed a line, albeit unintentionally, and hurt another person with our cutting tirade of hullaballoo.

I just knew it when I catch myself in the aforesaid corrupting state of dung that it wouldn’t do my physical health any good, either. As a matter of experience, if I don’t change tack and do a turnaround, things would worsen as I yield to the obliging downward spiral. With hindsight, I figure that the best response would be to rein in my tongue when I am mad with my situation, change my self-talk, and pray like never before! Yup, it’s better safe now than sorry later, without exception.

When we are willing to address our bad hair days objectively, after the emotional drenching and outburst, we would realise that they are often caused by imbalances in our life such as: too much work and not spending enough time with our loved ones; shortfall in finances; poor relationships; or a neglect of our Quiet Time with God.

By having identified our problem, we would have halved it. We then cast our burdens unto the LORD, and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us His way and lead us towards a solution that endures.

Secondly, we could also encounter trials in life, which God allows for, so that our faith could be purified as fine gold. God is a good Father who chastens and helps to iron out our character flaws. As my Pastor would say, we need to have thick skin and thin hearts.

So, I learn during such trying times to submit myself to the LORD and place my confidence in Him with the knowledge that He cares for me – so much so that the very hairs of my head are all numbered! (See Matthew 10:30 and Luke 12:7) All my ranting, murmuring or complaining would not improve the circumstances I face when it is all part of God’s will for me. As God is for me, I should hold my tongue at the onset. Then, by the by, learn to give thanks in everything (not for everything) as I regain my courage to trust Him. And, as we honour Him, He will honour us. “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Thirdly, perhaps we could add that we ought not to criticise or speak ill of others, including fellow believers. When we have nothing good to say, a good policy would be to say nothing (lest we sin)! Our walk with the LORD is primarily up close and personal while we do not neglect the needs of others as He so alerts us. As Jesus said to Peter concerning John, his fellow disciple, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” John 21:22b (NKJV) It’s a thin line. But as we walk closely with Jesus, we would know when to just mind our own business and keep working on our faith-walk, hearing and obeying His bidding.

Our words are powerful. In parting, this Spider-man credo seems apt and rapt: “With great power there must come great responsibility".

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Sarah Heywood02/25/10
A good reminder/devotional - I enjoyed it. You have a nice writing style - descriptive, flowing, and easy to follow. You made me want to continue reading.
Judy Wood02/26/10
Great thoughts here about watching what we say. It doesn't matter if we have had a bad day, we need to be kind and let God help us. Thanks for reminding us to be kind and watch what we say.
Mildred Sheldon02/28/10
Thank you for the poweful reminder to harness our tongues. They can ignite the fires of hell if not held in check. I enjoyed this very much.
c clemons03/01/10
Good job!
Jan Ackerson 03/03/10
An important lesson for us all!

I'd have loved for you to develop the "bad hair" analogy ever further--to use an actual time when you experienced one (perhaps even with a humorous touch) to connect with the points you were making.

Nicely written.