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Serrated Words

The question still sears into my mind and heart.

“Would you let another man talk to your wife the way you do?”

It stopped me in my tracks and I instantly felt ashamed for the way I had treated my wife in the past when I first heard it. My mind quickly spun through the reels of memories of times I was upset, mad, or hurt and lashed out with venomous words.

There was no way I would ever let another man talk to my wife that way, so why did I do it?

Me, the one that is supposed to encourage her.
Me, the one who entered a covenant to love her for the rest of my life.
Me, the one who promised in front of family and friends that through sickness, through health, through rich, through poor, that I would love till it hurts (and then some.)

Yet, I find myself tearing her down with words spewed out in anger.

Just like building construction, what takes months or years to build, can be reduced to rubble in a matter of seconds when proper care is not used.

So how do we keep from doing this?

As always, Christ is the ultimate example.
We are to love our wives the way Christ loves the church.
We are to look out for them, and we are to have their best interest in mind. (Think of the sacrifice Christ made on the cross for the church, does watching the kids for an evening, or sitting through that chick flick really seem that bad?)

I don’t see Jesus yelling at the people who came to Him broken, insecure, or hurt. He welcomes them tenderly with open arms. His love is unconditional, indescribable, and all inclusive.

Maybe you’re like me and have said some hurtful things.
Take heart, our God is the redeemer, and His forgiveness is readily available.

It might hurt your pride a bit, but admit your mistakes. Work things out.

Lets make the choice to cherish our wives, and remember, we’re better together.

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What are we talking about?

I’m a words guy. When someone tells me I did a great job, I take it to heart.

When someone encourages me, it fills me up, it energizes me, I want to try it again, I want to keep going, I want to never quit.

I am discovering more and more that words are the building blocks of our lives. What we fill our heads and hearts with is going to come out eventually, whether we want it to or not. I use the iPhone app Evernote to jot down thoughts throughout my day and within it I have a notebook called “Quotes.”

Here are a handful of the quotes that I have written down that have impacted, inspired, and changed me.

First, I have the immeasurable privilege of learning from Pastor Frank Harms every week. His teaching and preaching is packed with the kind of truth only the Bible is capable of producing and it is always for real life application.

I am honored to be a student of his; these are my favorite quotes that I have heard him say in the last while.

I’m too busy not to pray.

You cannot force a person to treat you with respect, but you can refuse to be disrespected.

Thoughts that do not qualify for meditation, do not qualify for conversation.

Stop going where you are merely tolerated, and start going to places where you are celebrated!

Here are some more noteworthy quotes I hope you will enjoy.

Disclaimer**I don’t necessarily endorse the entire views of the remainder of the people I am quoting here, but what I have posted here has provoked me to think greatly!

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

-John Wooden

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Imagine what you could accomplish if you jumped into action as quickly as you jump to conclusions.

-Ralph Marston

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God has not called you to please everyone. He has called you to be obedient to your call; regardless of the sacrifice. Even in the midst of betrayal, we are called to love mercy, act justly, and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8)

-Ron Edmondson

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Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

-Michael Jordan

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Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.

-Tim Ferriss

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Ride low, aim high!

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If what you have to say can be said in 10 minutes, don’t use 20.

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Last but not least, a quote that will hopefully leave you smiling;

I don’t want bagels, I like muffins! Don’t you know it’s just cake disguised as something healthy?

-Angela Marois

What is one of your favorite quotes? Please share!

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