“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” Proverbs 18:21
One time while vacationing in the north woods of Minnesota, a puppy jumped on me and apparently had poison ivy oil on his paws. I spent the next two weeks looking like a leper with a nasty rash on my hands and face. Another time I ran into poison oak deep in the redwood forest near Santa Cruz, California. I can only assume the plant leaped at me from the side of the well-maintained trail I hiked.
Now, when I’ve been in places where I might be exposed to nuisance plants, I proactively shower as soon as possible with Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub and apply rubbing alcohol to exposed skin for an extra dose of protection.
As I wrote yesterday, the tongue is among the highest hazardous parts of the body. Gossiping is infectious and damaging. If you’ve forgotten how distorted gossip can become, gather around ten people together and play the game “telephone.” Whisper a message to the first person and see how it changes by the time it’s been repeated nine times.
- If you’ve visited a church for the first time and no one spoke to you, you might leave thinking the church is unfriendly and inclusive which Mayr poison your thoughts. May I suggest you play “baseball” and visit at least three times before you are “out.” It may be where God wants you to worship him.
Lord, keep us from poisoning ourselves with quick or poor judgments. Amen.