May 8 – Pleasant Brutality

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Pleasant Brutality

“Words are the priceless currency of communication.” –Albert Mohler

Not long ago I was sitting in the orthodontist’s office waiting on my son to receive an adjustment with his braces.  There was a nice-looking family (a mother with two small children and one teenager) that came in orderly fashion and sat near me. The mother had obviously spent some time making sure they were neatly clothed and dressed. They were well-groomed, quiet, and disciplined.  Everyone in the waiting area noticed them and seemed to appreciate the way they handled themselves.

After sitting quietly for a few minutes, the smaller children respectively asked their mother if they could play with their video games, to which she agreed.  Now, in competitive mode, the children exchanged a couple of remarks back and forth in cordial manner. Out of nowhere, one of the kids looked up, turned to his sister, and in the nicest way possible said, “If you do that again, I am going to punch you in the face as hard as I can!” The content was brutal, but the way he said it was extremely pleasant!

I suppose it doesn’t matter how “dressed up” and orderly you may seem, at the end of the day, getting punched in the face hurts. You may say something in a cordial tone, but what you say is what really matters. If you fail to guard your words, you may have to guard your face!

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 17-20

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