November 12 - Blessing or Curse?

By Crystal J. Ortmann

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 27:14

Central Thought: Even friendliness can be offensive if used without consideration.

    I like friendly people; in fact, I am a friendly person. However, when I first get up, everything I do is on auto-pilot. I wash, brush my teeth, and stumble out to the kitchen to make lunch for my husband and breakfast for both of us. This works very well, as long as I'm left alone.

    We get up very early and I was busy in the kitchen when I heard knocking at the door. It was someone who needed me to do something for her right that minute. Without thought or consideration, she barraged me with a ton of information and whirled away like a tornado. I was shaking and totally confused. My system needs to get going slowly. I crave quiet at that hour of the day. It took me hours before I could calm down.

    A friendly person is wonderful—at the right time. Being aware of the needs of and respect for the temperaments of others is essential to being a blessing. I hope this experience will help me think more about the needs of others when I impulsively want to do something good. Even friendliness can be a curse to the person receiving it, when used without thoughtfulness.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, please help me to think of others first when I want to bless them.

Today's Bible Reading: Ezekiel 24:1-26:21; Hebrews 11:1-16; Psalm 110:1-7; Proverbs 27:14