Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hindsight Explains the Injury That Foresight Would Have Prevented

The mother of six children walked into her house one day to see all her children huddled together in a circle.  She approached them to see what had evoked such intense interest, and she could hardly believe her eyes.

To her horror, in the middle of the circle of children were several baby skunks.  She immediately screamed at the top of her voice, "Children!  Run, run, run!  Out, out, out!"

Baby Skun...

At the sound of their mother's alarmed voice, each child quickly grabbed a baby skunk and headed for the door.  The screaming and panic, of course, set off the instinctual danger alarm in the skunks, and each of them quickly dispelled its horrible scent.  Each child and the house itself were doused with an aroma that lingered for weeks, regardless of intense scrubbing and use of disinfectants.

How we react has greater negative consequences than the initial negative situation we encounter!  Don't make matters worse by unplanned, emotion-driven, spur-or-the-moment behavior.  Choose to act rather than to react, taking sufficient time to select a course of action based upon calm reason and thoughtful prayer.

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you...When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, when you run, you will not stumble.
Proverbs 4:6,12

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