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by Max Lucado

Insensitivity makes a wound that heals slowly. If someone hurts your
feelings intentionally you know how to react. You know the source of
the pain. But if someone accidentally bruises your soul, it's difficult
to know how to respond.

Someone at work criticizes the new boss who also happens to be your
dear friend. "Oh, I'm sorry-I forgot the two of you were so close."

A joke is told at a party about overweight people. You're overweight.
You hear the joke. You smile politely while your heart sinks.

What was intended to be a reprimand for a decision or action becomes a
personal attack. "You have a history of poor decisions, John."

Someone chooses to wash your dirty laundry in public. "Sue, is it true
that you and Jim are separated?"

Insensitive comments. Thoughts that should have remained thoughts.
Feelings which had no business being expressed. Opinions carelessly
tossed like a grenade into a crowd. And if you were to tell the one who
threw these thoughtless darts about the pain they caused, his response
would be "Oh, but I had no intention.I didn't realize you were so
sensitive!" or "I forgot you were here."

Listed under the title of subterfuge is the poison of insensitivity.
It's called subterfuge because it's so subtle. Just a slip of the
tongue. Just a blank of memory. No one is at fault. No harm done.

Perhaps. And, perhaps not. For as the innocent attackers go on their
way excusing themselves for things done without hurtful intention, a
wounded soul is left in the dust, utterly confused. "If no one intended
to hurt me, then why do I hurt so badly?"

God's Word has strong medicine for those who carelessly wag their

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.
It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on
fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. (James 3:6)

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
(Proverbs 21:23)

He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will
come to ruin. (Proverbs 13:3)

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is
wise. (Proverbs 10:19)

The message is clear: He who dares to call himself God's ambassador is
not afforded the luxury of idle words. Excuses such as "I didn't know
you were here" or "I didn't realize this was so touchy" are shallow
when they come from those who claim to be followers and imitators of
the Great Physician. We have an added responsibility to guard our

These practical steps will purge careless words from your talk.

1. Never tell jokes that slander.

2. Never criticize in public unless you: have already expressed your
disappointment with the other person in private, have already taken
someone with you to discuss the grievance with the person, and are
absolutely convinced that public reprimand is necessary and will be

3. Never say anything about anyone in their absence that you wouldn't
say in their presence. Insensitive slurs may be accidental, but they
are not excusable.

Max Lucado

Source: "From God Came Near" Copyright (c) 2004 (Used by Permission)

With more than 39 million books in print, Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times -- 1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name.

Max Lucado is a fixture on the national bestseller lists - a  Max Lucado title has appeared on the CBA hardcover bestseller list every month for the past eight years. He has appeared on the Publishers Weekly, USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.  His newest book, Come Thirsty, was released in October 2004, and Next Door Savior recently won a Gold Medallion award in the Inspirational category.

Max serves as the pulpit minister of the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas. But he says his greatest accomplishment is finding a one-in-a-million wife in Denalyn and having three unbelievable daughters: Jenna, Andrea, and Sara.

You can visit his web site at:


Thought For The Day:

"Isolation is the worst possible counselor." --Miguel de Unamuno

Verse for the Day:

"Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety." --Proverbs 11:14

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"The school bus is never running late the same day you are."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"My kids would never share anything of their own free will - except germs." --Bruce Lansky

Coach's Thought For The Day

"As a coach I need to be able to laugh at myself. When you're able to do that you usually end up laughing with someone, not at someone, and you build camaraderie." --Joe Broeker

Writer's Thought For The Day: 

"I'm one of those writers who plans everything out in advance. It's just so much easier to get from New York to LA if you have a map, and route planned out, and money for gas in your wallet. Which isn't to say that characters don't surprise me sometimes, or that I don't have to change my basic route to encompass a few side roads that appear along the way, but I always know where I'm going, and how I plan to get there." --Hilari Bell

Deep Thought For The Day:

"Why do people put the window down when they smoke in the car alone? Are they afraid of breathing the smoke?"


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This Week: Looking For Loopholes -- The DaVinci Code by Jeff Williams


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Silverhill, AL

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