[CF Devotionals] 2009-04-21 - Judicious Barking

We have neighbor dogs who bark all the time. Sometimes I think they just bark to hear their own voices. In contrast, our dog only barks when there is a valid reason. A horse escaping from its pasture, a raccoon encroaching upon his property, a cat anywhere nearby, these will elicit a fierce bark. But he never barks aimlessly. He barks judiciously.

What about us? Do we, as someone has said, “choose our battles wisely?” Or do we get “bent out of shape” over minor issues? At our church, do we complain against the pastor, for every little thing, or do we appreciate his/her hard work and only speak up if the matter is serious, such as a Biblically unsound sermon? With our families, coworkers or friends, do we nitpick over peripheral issues, or do we “hold our tongues” unless the matter is serious? Someone has said that God doesn’t want us to “major in the minors.”

James 3:8 (The Message) This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can't tame a tongue—it's never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer.

How much time do we waste, how many relationships do we scar, by barking carelessly? I encourage you to join me in asking God to help us bark more judiciously.

Jan

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