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Kathy Bates was in the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”, but is probably best remembered for her role as an obsessed fan in Misery that won her an Oscar.

In Misery Bates plays a nurse who encounters her favorite author at an accident scene in a remote location in Colorado during a fierce snowstorm. With severe injuries, the crippled wordsmith is taken home by Bates to be rehabilitated. Just as he is about to stand on his own two feet, she realizes tht she will soon lose him. Unable to cope with that outcome, she brutally smashes his feet with a sledgehammer. Then, she turns to him tenderly with, “I love you!”. Sadly, we christians are often guilty of similar behavior. We profess great love for others, but then, without thinking, we crushingly slander, offend, or judge them. You don’t need a sledgehammer to knock one’s feet out from under him-just one thoughtless word. Remember to ask God to guard your words so that others can stay on their feet!”

(From Timeless Reflections, Spring, 1999).

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