Get good at telling your own stories. Some of the world’s best speech makers were storytellers like Mark Twain and Will Rogers. Never get caught giving someone else’s speech. People know immediately, and it’s embarrassing. Talk about the experiences that have impacted your own life–they’ll be more meaningful and interesting to your audience.
David W. Anderson
You know what! I gotta tell a short story here. I have this family member that must tell everybody’s story including her own. It doesn’t matter what the story is about or if it should stay private or go public. All that matters is that she must tell the news, as she adds and subtracts to every story. Her lack of respect for the privacy of others causes her to cross boundaries, creating wounds that have long lasting emotional scars. And! Lord help if the story is about someone she hates and or dislike her. Yet, the funny thing about this person is that I believe every family, every circle of friends, every aspect of life where people come together has at least one toxic busybody. Let’s pray!
Father God, thank you for another day to make a difference. Lord, today we’re praying about the spirit of destruction that has people captive. We’re asking you to bind it in the name of Jesus! Render it useless and replace it with a spirit of restoration allowing victims to find their voices and heal. Amen
I wonder how many people have heard the phrase “do not wear out your welcome.” Hum . . . I first heard the expression from my grandmother when I was young.
Back when I was once a kid, and a know-it-all, it seemed my late maternal grandmother would always say those words to my cousins, my siblings and me. I’m not sure how my family members took her wisdom; but back when I was a child I thought my grandmother was old, uncaring, uneducated, mean-spirited, and truly out of touch with the mental and emotional needs of the young. [chuckle]
I can remember as if it was yesterday sassing her for this or that. But nothing stands out more than the time she would not let me go over to my cousin’s house as often as I wanted. And, sadly, it was late into my adult years before I understood the meaning ‘do not wear out your welcome.’
As I’m looking back on things and reflecting upon how I dismissed her words of caution, I now understand why my life was filled with heartaches.
I hate to admit to myself but I deserved all the bumps I got from being hardheaded; and my self enlightenment really makes me feel foolish about things I had blame on others.
Well, any-who-how . . . It was by divine revelation I found the phrase in the Bible one day. I was shocked! It was amazing to read that God gives his children the same warning!
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house– too much of you, and they will hate you. Proverbs 25:17
The message I get from this passage is: don’t be so darn clingy! Get a life! Explore parts of your life without others. Enjoy family when can. And remember a bit of you goes a long ways.
I’m coming to terms with my granny’s wisdom. My grandmother has passed but her words live on. And each day that I live I think about her abrasive and unharness wisdom. I’m learning she was indeed the smartest woman I will ever know and most of all she loved me.