January 18, 2015

The Shepherd's Corner

In her devotionals from nature’s book, Jacqueline Rowland writes about an unlikely friendship between crocodiles and little birds.  She says crocodiles never eat the little birds that sit inside their mouths.  The reason is because these birds pick leeches off the crocodiles’ tongues.  So, here we see a symbiotic relationship between these two creatures: the birds get to eat and the crocodiles . . . .  Well, they get to be a little healthier because they can keep their blood.In her devotionals from nature’s book, Jacqueline Rowland writes about an unlikely friendship between crocodiles and little birds.  She says crocodiles never eat the little birds that sit inside their mouths.  The reason is because these birds pick leeches off the crocodiles’ tongues.  So, here we see a symbiotic relationship between these two creatures: the birds get to eat and the crocodiles . . . .  Well, they get to be a little healthier because they can keep their blood.

We all know it takes much time to build friendship.  It takes even longer time and much more effort to maintain it.  Unfortunately as we know it all too well, it takes little time to destroy it.  I have been on both sides of the fence.  Thanks to my rash and unbridled tongue, I have destroyed friendship.  But, by the grace of God, I have also built and maintained friendship.

Rarely do I regret for not saying something; more often than not I regret for saying something that I should not have.  When I think about those moments, I really wish I could take back words that have slipped out of my mouth.  But, I know I can’t do that anymore.  Once words are out, they can’t fly back in anymore.  They will land in somebody’s ears . . . and heart.

Proverbs 18:21 has something to say about tongue, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat it fruits.”  What we say can give us life but it can also cause us death. Hence, Solomon urges us to love our tongue, meaning we must care for it, watch over it, and protect it.  When we do, we will enjoy the benefit of a blessed tongue.  So, let’s allow the little birds to come and pick the leeches off our tongue.  Let’s keep it healthy and holy. See you in four weeks. We will miss you and pray for you.

Pastor Paul

We all know it takes much time to build friendship.  It takes even longer time and much more effort to maintain it.  Unfortunately as we know it all too well, it takes little time to destroy it.  I have been on both sides of the fence.  Thanks to my rash and unbridled tongue, I have destroyed friendship.  But, by the grace of God, I have also built and maintained friendship.

Rarely do I regret for not saying something; more often than not I regret for saying something that I should not have.  When I think about those moments, I really wish I could take back words that have slipped out of my mouth.  But, I know I can’t do that anymore.  Once words are out, they can’t fly back in anymore.  They will land in somebody’s ears . . . and heart.

Proverbs 18:21 has something to say about tongue, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat it fruits.”  What we say can give us life but it can also cause us death. Hence, Solomon urges us to love our tongue, meaning we must care for it, watch over it, and protect it.  When we do, we will enjoy the benefit of a blessed tongue.  So, let’s allow the little birds to come and pick the leeches off our tongue.  Let’s keep it healthy and holy. See you in four weeks. We will miss you and pray for you.

Pastor Paul

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