Mouse traps go off in a millisecond whenever they are tripped. It took me a while to learn how to set a mouse trap without snapping my own finger. Setting the trap required getting the pressure just right to hold everything in place after having applied cheese for bait. Peanut butter works just as well. Once the trap is positioned, it requires only a minimal disturbance to make it snap. Mouse traps work well because they are triggered easily.
What is true for mouse traps is not true for people. People do not work well when they are triggered easily. Being swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger is expected of all believers in the Scriptures. Meeting this expectation seems almost foreign in our world today. Many people seem to be on the verge of “snapping” at the first indication of a disturbance. Toleration and moderation have given way to radical expectations. “My way or the highway” describes the attitudes of many.
How did we get to the point that strangers in cars next to us have no problem honking and making obscene gestures if we impede their progress in any way? How did we get to the place where any word spoken can be taken as offensive, based on how it is received, not how it is said? How did so many people become thin-skinned and hate-filled?
I guess we could blame it on the coronavirus. We have learned that when humans are locked up and isolated they do not function well. Failure to interact with others allows stress to build like steam in a kettle. Molehills are turned into mountains when they are front and center every single day. I remain amazed at the tension I have felt during the past year over masks, vaccines, and mandates.
I push back against the tension with a smile. Literally, I smile. I smile at church. I smile at the store. I smile at home. I smile while walking. I smile while listening to complaints. I smile while reading “not a fan” mail. I breath through my nose and live to enjoy another day. I accept that many people are dealing with many things. They may be mad enough to “snap”, but I do not have to go there. Neither do you. Let’s be the peacemakers!
Matthew 5:9, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Elijah and Elisha” I Kings 19:9-21
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- TeamKIDS – Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for Bed Babies – 6th grade
- The Gathering – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary; live streamed on Facebook at 6:30 p.m., also available on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com by noon on Thursday
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each
Ava VanDeburgh Tatum Langford