She was one of the easiest-to-get-along-with girls in the class, a lot like me, I thought. You can imagine my surprise to find out how different she and I were. The teacher, Miss Ewellen had broken the class up into small groups (I wasn’t fond of this idea), but I was lucky enough to be in Deidre’s group. Miss Ewellen then asked each person in the group what they’d had for breakfast.
Well! When it was Deidre’s turn she said, “I had a peanut butter cup.”
I’d never heard of such a thing for breakfast and sat there in awe of my friend’s lifestyle. Her mom was an artist. My mom was a housewife. My mom made me eat things like oat meal.
I haven’t seen or heard from Deidre in years, but as I crunch a couple of “nature’s best potatoes fried in pure vegetable oil” while packing my husband’s lunch, I remember her again. I smile a mischievous smile and I try to hide from him that I would eat potato chips at this early hour. He doesn’t care, but I do.
“Love you, have a great day, be careful,” I say as I send him off into the world with a hug, a kiss and his lunch, of course.
Time to sit down with my Bible and a devotional book. The theme today is ‘control of our tongue’ from James 3:2 and also Matthew 15:11 “It’s not what we put into our mouths that defiles us, but what comes out of it.” How ironic, how like God when I’ve just been thinking about the foods I put in.
I consider this verse as I remember a list of silly quotes I read earlier in the week.
There was one from Mayor Marion Barry of Washington, D. C. that said, “Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.”
Another from Pat Summerall, sportscaster during a Super Bowl game, “If only faces could talk.”
This one was from Mickey Rivers, baseball player, “Pitching is eighty percent of the game, the other half is hitting and fielding.”
There were many more and I found myself laughing out loud.
This morning as I continue to consider the words that come out of our mouths, I remember a patient I had to give a needle to earlier in the week. When he’d cringed, I’d apologized for hurting him and he said to me, “I’m going to tell you like John Wayne said in one of his movies, ‘don’t ever say you’re sorry, it’s a sign of weakness.’”
Outwardly, I smiled at my patient, but inside I was thinking ‘John Wayne? He had/has quite a following. What a terrible bit of advice that was!’
In finishing my devotional time for the day, I was impressed at how powerful words are and how lasting their effect. I prayed for wisdom in my use of words and for the ability to discern the junk food type from the wholesome stuff.
After all, Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Luke 4:4, KJV
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