I was about 18 years old the first time it happened. I was not a religious/ spiritual person @ this point in my life. I was living my version of La Vita Loca.
Anyway, one evening, I was just randomly thumbing through the good book, and a sentence jumped off the page:
“ Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” Proverbs 17:28
Bam/ right along side the head.
My mouth had been getting me into trouble fairly regularly at that point. and I was tired of it. I resolved right then and there, to take this pithy proverb to heart. I would keep quiet the next time I was temped to spout off.
Ever so slowly my interactions with people began to improve.
Side note… On this blog, I assume most of you do not necessarily share my understanding of the Bible, spirituality, etc. although a few of you do. I rarely go there on this space. I have another blog specifically devoted to spiritual stuff, just like I have a “farm blog” more geared to farmish stuff….but I woke up this morning thinking, I would really like to write something that touches on the the coronavirus, the Bible and our current situation, so I am going to go there….
The bible has quite a bit to say about the coronavirus actually , but not in the way you might expect. For example, right now these words have taken on a whole new meaning to me the past month:
6 For the righteous (righteous = a person of faith) will never be moved: ….
7 He is not afraid of evil tidings;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is steady, he will not be afraid.” Psalm 112
I have those words on a 3 by 5 index card on the dashboard of my pickup. I’ve been chewing on them the past few weeks. Evil tidings is a great way to characterize most of what passes for “news” these days.
Not going to let it suck me in if I can help.
(side note: In case you didn’t know, the Psalms are actually a compilation of various styles of writings… part song book, part personal journal, personal prayers, etc. (think blogger from 3500 years ago).
One last verse on the media..
“…. whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
I (DM) learned my lesson after 9/11. I continue to watch my media intake. No binge watching. I have no interest in keeping up to speed on the day to day updates.
PS. I appreciate each and every one of you that has written and continues to write about what has been happening in your neck of the woods in terms of the coronavirus.
Would much rather read your stories.
Take care. DM