How many times have you uttered these words, “I’ll never do that again” only to find yourself, “doing that again?” We call that around here “eatin’ crow.” Most of the time it doesn’t taste very good. Someone said, “make your words sweet, for one day you may have to eat them.”
Today was that day for me. I decided to do something about which I had used the “never again” phrase, and it turned out to be a more pleasant experience this time around. I went to the local “preachers’ luncheon.”
After the last time, for reasons I won’t go into here, I said that I would never go back. But I received an “olive branch” from a local friend who simply sent me an email with a one sentence invitation to come. It felt good to get that personal email. Oh sure, I’d received the standard mail out each month, but no genuine invite on a personal basis. I really appreciated that genuine invite.
The meeting was pleasent. We had a good lunch. I sat with some guys I haven’t had lunch with in quite a while. I really enjoyed the time.
Why is it that we do that? We say in the heat of a moment that we will “never, never.” There may be an occasion or two where that is appropriate, but many times we cut God’s ability off to work in our life when we say,”never.” Maybe He wanted me to go back to help someone, or to receive help that I might have needed. Learning this teaches me to be careful how I pronounce what I will or will not do in the future.
James tells us to us to say, “If the Lord wills….” That leaves me wide open to do His bidding and not mine–even when I want to do something else. Maybe I’m growing up a bit. Almost 43, it’s about time!