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11 November 2011

Words. Swords. Healing.

1:56 PM Posted by steve flores 1 comment
“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
-Proverbs 12:18 (NLT)

I am a horrible joke teller.  Inevitably, I will forget the punch line, giggle before the end, or end it with, “you just had to be there.”  “You just had to be there” is the kiss of death for any joke.  It’s like pulling the parachute cord after jumping out of a plane, instantly discovering the chute doesn’t open, or worse, the plane you jumped out of was the plastic toy amusement ride outside of Walmart.  It is embarrassing. But, typing jokes are different….maybe.

What goes VROOM, Screech, VROOM, Screech, VROOM, Screech?
A blonde going through a flashing red light.

What do you call a good-looking man with a brunette?
A hostage.

You might be a red-neck if…
You walk your kid to school because you are in the same grade.

If a Mexican and an African American are in a car, who is driving?
The cop

Yo momma’s so cross-eyed she can sit on the front porch and count the kids in the backyard

None of those jokes are serious and I hope you don’t think worse of me for them.  I found them online; I didn’t create them.  Either way, they are not nice.  If you are the joke-teller and the recipient is offended, the tendency is to say, “It’s just a joke! Lighten up!”  But, even in jest, words can pierce a heart, or crush a spirit.  And, words may not be phrased in a joke, but possibly in protest – for a personal agenda, a political agenda, even worse, a religious agenda. I’ve heard this saying, “Opinions are like armpits. Everybody has one.”  To that saying I’ll add, “And some people don’t use deodorant. It stinks!” (Unless of course you are Matthew McConaughey, as I overheard women talking about how he smells good and doesn’t wear deodorant.)  We really need to work on our approach, before we just wave words around around recklessly.  They could wound people.

Keep your sword in your sheath. Focus on healing, not wounding.