Summary: Paul's Change of Plans. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: 2 Corinthians chapter 1 verse 12 to chapter 2 verse 4.
• A man working in a green-grocers shop;
• Was asked by a lady if she could buy half a head of lettuce.
• He replied, “Half a head? Are you serious?
• Why, the good Lord grows these in whole heads and lady, that’s how we sell them!”
• She persisted and said to him; “You mean that after all the years I’ve shopped here,
• You won’t sell me half-a-head of lettuce?”
• “Look,” he said, “If you like I’ll ask the manager.”
• She indicated that would be appreciated, so the young man marched to the front of the store.
• “You won’t believe this, but there’s a miserable, pernickety lady back there;
• Who wants to know if she can buy half-a-head of lettuce.”
• He noticed the manager gesturing,
• And turned around to see the lady standing right behind him,
• She had obviously having followed him to the front of the store.
• Without him realising it.
• Quick as a flash the shop assistant spoke;
• “And this nice lady was wondering if she could buy the other half”.
Later in the day the manager cornered the young man and said,
• “That was the finest example of thinking on your feet I’ve seen for a long time!
• Where did you learn that?”
The shop assistant said;
• “I grew up in South Wales, and if you know anything about South Wales,
• You know that it’s known for its great rugby teams and its ugly women.”
• The manager looking angry interrupted and said, “My wife is from South Wales!”
• Quick as a flash the shop assistant said; “And which rugby team did she play for?”
It’s one of the smallest muscles in the human body, but it is also the most destructive:
• Medically they say it's only a two-ounce slab of muscle,
• Mucous membrane, and nerves that enables us to chew, taste, swallow food & articulate words.
• Redefined it is a beast, a mighty midget!
• The Bible says concerning it, that it:
• Frames deceit (Psalm 50 verse 59).
• Devises destruction (Psalm 52 verse 2).
• Devours (Psalm 52 verse 4).
• Is a sharp sword (Psalm 57 verse 4).
• Breaks bones (Proverbs chapter 25 verse 15).
• Backbites (Proverbs chapter 25 verse 23).
• Flatters (Proverbs chapter 28 verse 23).
• Poisons (Romans chapter 3 verse 13).
• That’s quite destructive for a small piece of protein!
• Yet, the tongue can ruin a reputation, malign a motive, and destroy one's dignity.
“The tongue is a lethal weapon which is often wielded publicly without shame.
But more often it is a dagger cloaked in secrecy, stabbing its victim in the back.
Surprisingly, the fingerprints on this dagger often do not point to a hardened criminal but to some haloed saint who only minutes before might have sung the sweetest song, uttered the most beautiful prayer, or spoken the most encouraging words.”