Tough Guy Talk

Today I grabbed a quick lunch with my wife and daughter. After enjoying some killer tacos, while driving my wife back to her office a big dude in a pickup truck aggressively tried to cut me off – he assumed I’d yield to him. He assumed wrong. I wasn’t in the mood to yield. He had to brake hard to avoid hitting me. He then let fly with a choice four letter word.

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How did I respond?

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I think my exact words were: “I know you weren’t talking to me fat man, cause I’ll take you down.” Though my window was open – I don’t think he heard me. (Could he read lips?)

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I guess I have too many Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Bronson, Eastwood type movies in my memory bank.

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A few hours before this little altercation, when I was starting my day I prayed that God would be glorified in me on this fine, sunny Monday!

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9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God?s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:9-12

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Yeah, I can be a jerk sometimes. James also said that the tongue is “a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”

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Constant watch must be kept over my heart, my mind, my attitude. As a follower of Christ I am to bless others – not curse others. I need God in this challenge of taming the tongue.

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I have confessed my wrong to God. Check. I need to apologize to Karen and Lacey for my bad example when I get home this evening. Check.

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I kind of hope that dude in the truck doesn’t choose to visit ACC this Sunday. If he does, I got some explaining to do. Check.

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Peace,
?Dave

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