Friday, June 17, 2016
I am not on Twitter or Facebook but I was reading this morning on the internet about a tweet the wife of Stephen Curry, Ayesha, sent out immediately after her husband, this year and last year’s NBA’s MVP, fouled out of last night’s playoff game in Cleveland, then proceeded to get ejected for complaining and flinging his mouthpiece on the floor in frustration. She tweeted that the playoffs were rigged, an accusation which arises every year the Finals become a six or seven game series. To put it more simple, the allegation is that referees are instructed to call more fouls against the team who has won more games in the series, in order for it to go six or seven games, thus insuring greater financial revenues for the NBA. Mrs. Curry had a quick change of heart and deleted her tweet shortly thereafter but not fast enough to make it disappear.
The current electronic age has mostly passed me by so I am so I am not in as much danger as some of you who may be actively involved in the many instant communication outlets of today. I am referring to the danger of sending out a response made in the heat of the moment. In my case, I get a chance to read over what I have written and decide if that is exactly what I want to say before I send it. I admit that I have written messages I later decided not to send and also remember letters I have written in the past which I never mailed out.
The Bible has quite a bit to say on this matter. Proverbs 29:20 says: “Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.” Does anybody you know come to mind? Ecclesiastes 7:9 reads: “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” There are several other verses which address this issue but my favorite is Colossians 4:6. The GW (God’s Word) version says it this way: “Everything you say should be kind and well thought out so that you know how to answer everyone.” I’m sure all of you already know it’s simple but clear message, but here it is anyway: “Think before you say or write anything.”
Memory verse for the week: (Joshua 1:7) “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”