“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven things detestable to him: snobbish eyes, a lying tongue, hands that spill innocent blood, a heart set on wicked plans, feet that run quickly to evil, a false witness who breathes lies, and one who causes conflicts among relatives” (Proverbs 6:16-19, CEB).
I know how I operate. I don’t stockpile posts. I wish I could. I do listen for God-inspired ideas and then I put my fingers on the keys to write. My normal process would send some screaming for the hills. There’s a mental order that wakes me up in the middle of the night groping for paper because a thought or phrase needs a place on which to rest. I might scribble these syllabic gems in a notebook or on the backs of receipts. Later, I’ll try and coral somewhat indecipherable words together in one place. And then there are those shining scenarios when precious time offers me a sacred place with no distractions. I cherish them like a fresh-baked slice of apple pie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream plopped on top.
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, I didn’t go mining for a post when one dropped in my lap. My family sat down at one of our favorite restaurants when a girl jumped from the booth next to us, let out a taunting laugh and shouted a flippant phrase at her table buddies. I stared at her and the unfolding scene in total amazement. It’s been almost two weeks but it’s weighed heavy on my mind since.
This is not that post, though I could rush through the writing spouting off irritating remarks. Nope, I wanted to announce its coming as I mine my words well.
Like so many I know, we wonder about the state of current affairs and why people lost the art of respectful communication. And though we hope for better, we end up adopting a “less-said-is-best” approach to avoid combatants. Next week, I hope to address a phrase grown common as the changing of dirty socks (and stinks just as bad).
The phrase: “You’re just a hater!” Consider this post a heavy weight deferred and a precursor to the gem God is mining in me for next week. Take care.