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.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Don't Settle for a Laugh

(Proverbs 14:13 KJV)  Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

Today this verse is reminding me to be more sensitive to other people, to look beyond the surface.  People are good at covering up their pain.  I know because I have covered up my own at times.  I think of a teacher I work with.  She always had a smile and a gentle word for her students.  One day I found the time to get to know her a little better and found that her personal life was falling apart through no fault of her own that I could see.  She was full of “pain” (3510) but doing an excellent job of covering it up.  She will now share how it is going occasionally.  I have asked her how I should be praying for her.

I do not have the gift of mercy.  I am not really good at this but we are all called to show the love of Christ to a hurting world. 

So?  People around us are hurting.  They are good at covering it up.  You and I cannot solve their problems.  My prayer is that the Holy Spirit would use me as a tool for Him to bring them to the point of real healing and salvation.  We apply band-aids.  He does the surgery.


Gorges Smythe said...

Sometimes, just knowing that someone cares is the first step in turning things around. The hard part can be getting them to understand that the REAL help is coming from the LORD, not us.

Pumice said...

That is part of the curse of our modern age. We think that doctors heal and forget that it is God. We think that counselors will straighten it out instead of the work of the Holy Spirit. You are certainly right about that. It reminds me of a recent post you made about doctors.

Grace and Peace.