A Little Goes a Long Way

Proverbs 15:2The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly (AMP).

The family raves about my lemon pie. The occasional guest and even a stranger or two determinedly insist it must be ‘made from scratch.’It does have a little zing, but it begins with a mix! The zing is achieved by replacing ¼ cup of the water with ¼ cup lemon juice. Mind you, a little lemon juice goes a long way. Too much and the pie is sharp; too little and a cloying sweetness overwhelms the flavour.

We all have some lemon in us, but a little goes a long way. Are we too full of juice today, full of witty comments that hurt others? Are we a smarty-pants with the store clerk? Cross with our elderly parents? What about our impatience with our children? Or are we so sickeningly sweet, so insincere, that even our enemy knows our attitude is a put on? Somewhere in the middle is the correct amount of lemon and sugar, the perfect balance for both pies and lives.

Proverbs 15:7The lips of the wise disperse knowledge [sifting it as chaff from the grain]; not so the minds and hearts of the self-confident and foolish (AMP).

Prayer:  Lord, our comments seemed so funny, so clever, so swift, so cutting, but they were not kind. Forgive us for our hurtful mouths. Help us spread a reasonable amount of sugar into those open wounds. In Christ's name. Amen.

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