Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Daily Devotion: Unnecessary

Bible Reading: James 3:1-8

Key Verse: Verse 2“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”

Key Words: For in many things we offend all

Have you ever said or done something that wasn’t necessary to say or do and as a result, you find yourself in “hot water”? Yes, many times we bring these hard times on ourselves by the unnecessary things we say or do.

Like the man who was working in the produce department and was asked by a lady if she could buy half a head of lettuce. He replied, “Half a head? Are you serious? God grows these in whole heads and that’s how we sell them!”

You mean,” she persisted, “that after all the years I’ve shopped here, you won’t sell me half-a-head of lettuce?”

Look,” he said, “If you like I’ll ask the manager.” She indicated that would be appreciated, so the young man marched to the front of the store. “You won’t believe this, but there’s a lame-brained idiot of a lady back there who wants to know if she can buy half-a-head of lettuce.”

He noticed the manager gesturing, and turned around to see the lady standing behind him, obviously having followed him to the front of the store. “And this nice lady was wondering if she could buy the other half” he concluded. Later in the day the manager cornered the young man and said, “That was the finest example of thinking on your feet I’ve ever seen! Where did you learn that?”

I grew up in Grand Rapids, and if you know anything about Grand Rapids, you know that it’s known for its great hockey teams and its ugly women.”

The manager’s face flushed, and he interrupted, “My wife is from Grand Rapids!” “And which hockey team did she play for?”

Be careful with what you say and do. They can cause some hard times.

What to do:

“…let thy words be few. ” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).

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