Ever have a bad day? I mean a really bad day? The kind of day where you want to punch through a wall. The kind of day where just one thing after another goes wrong and the whole world seems like its out to get you. The kind of day that leaves you collapsing onto your bed in exhaustion but too overwhelmed to think as a million and one things race through your mind. Have you had one of those days?
Passage: Proverbs 11:12-13 "Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered."
I caught myself putting someone down behind their back the other day. It wasn't anything too awful, I didn't reveal anyone's darkest secret. But I spoke poorly of them and it was entirely unnecessary. I wasn't talking to that person's mentor or pastor in an effort to lovingly help them. I was talking to a mutual friend and this acid came out of my mouth.
Mark has been happily married for five years, has a year and a half old daughter, and serves as a youth and children pastor in Oak Park.