The Timid Soul

A cartoon appeared in the paper about a man named Milquetoast, or The Timid Soul.

That is in all of us to some measure. old-man-beard

A woman lived in one of those small apartments in New York City where the bed comes out of the wall, and you pull the kitchen sink out of a drawer when you want to prepare a meal.

This woman had a dog, a little snip of a thing that as far as size was concerned was about right for the little apartment. The trouble was, however, that he had a bark much too large for so small a space. She went to a doctor and had him operated on, with the result that his bark was reduced about eighty-five per cent.

Many do the same thing.

They allow the difficulties of life to make them afraid, and that timid little self has had its bark reduced.1

 Confucius said, “To know what is right, and not to do it, is the worst cowardice.”2

Paul reminded Timothy, “God has not given us a spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7).

The word “spirit” is best understood as referring to a disposition of the mind. “Fear” means “fearfulness, timidity.”3

 An old Georgia cracker sat barefoot on the steps of his tumbledown shack, smoking a corncob pipe.

A stranger stopped for a drink of water. Wishing to be agreeable, he asked,

“How is your cotton coming on?”

“Ain’t got none,” said the cracker.

“Didn’t you plant any?’ asked the stranger.

“Nope,” was the reply, “fraid o’ boll weevils.”

“Well,” asked the stranger, “how is your corn?”

“Didn’t plant none,” replied the farmer. “Fraid there wa’nt goin’ to be no rain.”

The visitor was abashed, but cheerful still, “Well, how are your potatoes?”

“Ain’t got none; scairt o’ potato bugs – pow’rful lot ub’m here.”

“Well, really, what did you plant?” asked the stranger.

“Nothin,’ jes playin’ safe.”4

 “Faith makes the difference between cowards and Calebs.”5


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  1. Norman Vincent Peale, You Can Win, Garden City Books, Garden City, New York, NY, Copyright 1938, pp. 2, 3
  2. Richard Stearns, The Hole in the Gospel, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN, Copyright 2010, p. 25
  3. Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament, Volume Two, “The Exegesis of II Timothy,” Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, 49502, Copyright 1973, pp. 118, 119
  4. Clyde Murdock, A Treasury of Humor, Zondervan Books, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1967, p.72
  5. Christian Clippings, May, 1997