An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Noise Pollution

(Proverbs 27:14 KJV)  He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

At first reading, this makes no sense.  Then I begin to wonder if David was a father like me who enjoyed waking people up when I had already been up awhile.  Is this tongue in cheek humor?  When I had been up for an hour or two and needed to wake the kids up I was so cheerful it was disgusting.  I was loud and boisterous.  I would sing to them and tell jokes.  They hated it.  My false joy at greeting the day was not always accepted in the best of moods, but I never considered it to be a source of a “curse” (7045). 

How do our moods effect others?  Are there times when being cheerful is a negative?  This makes me wonder.  This is a reminder that we should work at being sensitive to how other people are feeling.  It is an application of Paul’s comments about applied love,
(Philippians 2:3-4 NASB)  Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
So?  Turn your people radar on.  This is not a heaven or hell thing but we could probably be more sensitive to those around us in the little things.  I know I should be.  Sometimes love means tiptoeing when you feel like jumping and leaping.

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