Summary: As humans we get pretty silly when it comes to the choices we make.
Silly Humans, Smart God
Written By: Tim Gardner April 2005
“AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it’s not Walter who’s lacking intelligence.
Police in Oakland, California spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, "Please come out and give yourself up."
An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.
A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop, and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.
Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words, "Give me all your money or I’ll shoot, the man shouted, "That’s not what I said!"
A man spoke frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!" "Is this her first child?" the doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"
In Modesto, California, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun, but unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket.
Some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get their brand new 22 ft going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power was applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted to a nearby marina, thinking someone there could tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out drive went up and down, and the prop was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath, he came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer (UNKNOWN AUTHOR: Internet email).”
As human beings we do some pretty silly stuff. Sometimes we don’t even realize the things we do or say until after the fact. Perfect example aside from the stories I just told you is one afternoon my wife and I went into Cellular One to get our cell phones. The clerk went over all the details of our plan which is the unlimited plan, i.e. - unlimited minutes anytime. After the clerk was finished, she asked if we had any questions. My wife immediately spoke up. She asked (now don’t tell her I told you this story), “Do we get free mobile-to-mobile?” The clerk replied, “You have unlimited minutes anytime.” MY wife didn’t get it, so she rebutted, “Ok, but do we get free mobile-to-mobile?” Our thinking sometimes gets faster than our processing. Even more so, our talking gets faster than our thinking. This was the case with several people in the Bible including some of the most renowned and powerful prophets. That’s why there is so much to say about it in the Bible. Today we are going to focus on what the Bible teaches through both instruction as well as life experiences about Thinking Before Speaking, Thinking Before Acting, and Praying Before Even Thinking. Let’s pray.