Inviting Trouble

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Daily Reading: 2 Kings 17:1-18:12, Acts 20:1-38, Psalm 148:1-14, Proverbs 18:6-7

Daily Verse: “A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.” Prov. 18:6

Inviting trouble.

Traveling to New York for work, I took the train from Washington D.C. to Manhattan. Standing in line at the post office while waiting for my train, a lady tried to draw me into a fight. Watching her argue with the postmaster, she turned and saw me looking at her.

“Whatcha looking at?” She said, her tone angry.

“Nothing, just waiting in line,” I responded, looking away, not wanting to engage. With an angry “Umphh,” she returned to the employee and left me alone.

Some people go looking for fights and enjoy them. Not me. I refrain from engaging in ineffective communication. That lady didn’t do herself any favors or get what she wanted. But she did get to argue with the postmaster.

“People don’t like being around sour pusses.” A friend said while golfing. I agree wholeheartedly. Don’t go looking for fights. Guard your mouth and maintain peace with your words.

If you go looking for trouble, you will find it.

Lord, forgive us for starting fights with our words. Please help us guard our mouths and speak only uplifting and engaging talk. Let us avoid conflict and promote peace with our language. IJNIP. Amen

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