Friday, August 12, 2022

Timely words

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

I can remember a vigorous discussion that happened in our church many years ago amongst board members.

The issue at hand was a complaint we received from our custodian at that time about the numerous black skid marks that appeared on the gymnasium floor after each Thursday night youth group event.

Many of the youth, who were not church kids, came to youth group and played the sports in the gym with non-athletic footwear, mostly Doc Martens’, which were quite popular at that time.

The custodian was asking the church leaders to ban such shoes, but there was a concern that we not turn kids away who were coming to the youth group.

Suggestions were shared back and forth across the table for some time and I was wondering how a feasible solution could be reached.

Then one person said something that settled the matter immediately: “I think we’re worried about the wrong kind of souls” she said.

Ch-ching!

End of discussion!

It’s quite amazing how one timely word can change the direction of a conversation and solve the problem immediately.

Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

The key is not the quantity, but quality of words chosen.

It’s always wise to think before you speak because what you say can be used against you afterward.

Sometimes less is more in the world of words!

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