Reading: I Timothy 6: 4
The meal was pretty much a disaster in the making. From the start, things just didn’t go right. We began the meal with a prayer, which was interrupted by one in the group chastising those who were not listing by saying, “Yo! We’re praying.” We sat down to eat our ham, string beans, and potatoes but didn’t have a ladle to scoop out the eats. And then there were the plates. They were not the normal sized heavy duty ones that usually graced the table for our evening meal. They were small, dessert-type plates that were about one-fourth the size.
The cook emerged from the kitchen and told everyone that she didn’t know why the small plates were on the table instead of the big ones. She told us, using a choice word, that we could bring our little dinner plates up for bigger ones. She surprised us with her speech. I think she also surprised herself.
She felt very bad after using a word she shouldn’t have to express her discontent with the plates. We all need to choose what we say carefully. One word can hurt the feelings of another or cause a wrong impression. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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