Posted Nov 09, 2020 | Share this:

“My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.  My inmost being will exult when your lips speak what is right.”  Proverbs 23:15-16

There was a time, while in class, when I was drained of energy.  I dreaded every time I had to get on the internet to do my assignments.  To make matters worse, I had a final due.  When I was getting ready to work on it, I said something to my pastor that I shouldn’t have.  I was extremely distracted by what I said that I could not concentrate.

My mind was racing with how to do that conversation all over again.

It was all-consuming and getting on my nerves.

You see in the past I have not been able to talk to my pastor without putting my foot in my mouth.  I don’t think he ever took the time to really get to know me.  This pastor saw me as something other than what I am not.  He told me in a meeting once that I need to learn to have a filter.  He advised me talk as though Jesus is standing in front of me.  I completely agree.  It has been a struggle, as I speak the same way towards everyone.  Those who know me know that I am not the type of person he perceived me to be.

Unfortunately, he distanced himself from really getting to know his congregation on a personal level.  Although we saw him at the front door of the church, he wasn’t the type of guy that would accept an invitation to dinner.  He wouldn’t have been the guy that attended gatherings a church member threw.  Maybe that was how things are done, I don’t know but it was really a detriment to his shepherding.

But I digress, getting back to the foot in my mouth thing.  I tended to say the wrong things to him all the time.  I felt like God was telling me to send him an apology and I did.  He replied for me not to worry.  Ironically enough, instantly after I sent it I was able to concentrate on my final fully.  The assignment I was stuck on was completed it on time.  Apparently, all I needed to do was speak what was right.


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