Smile! (or not)

 

Well, it happens to all of us.  No toilet paper.  Doesn’t sound like an inspirational lead into a story? Wait for it.  I’m writing this blog story about common sense (and my lack of it sometimes) and the theme just came to me! Don’t ask how.  Many times, I have been guilty of not checking first and many times I have also been guilty of not replacing after! Where does common sense and Christianity come into play you ask?  I’ll get there, but on the bright side, someone came up with a clever use (Christian too!) for those empty roles:

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Is common sense learned from reading books?  No, it comes from life, but common sense does tell us that books are available and are very helpful when the “duct tape and hammer” approach doesn’t work.

I was once told by a former Supervisor at a steel mill, that when he asks me a question, don’t tell him I don’t know;  tell him I don’t know, but I can find out.  I have loved that saying ever since and I’ve quoted him several times in talking with others.  BUT – do I heed his advise?  Sometimes.

This morning I decided that I was finally going to figure out social media and what a “hashtag” was.  I learned.  Similar to toilet paper rolls, laziness combined with frustration has been my “thorn” – or excuse previously.

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I also learned a small lesson from a BIG mistake that I made early this morning.  At home, we were discussing career changes and resumes.  To set the stage: this was immediately following our brief Bible study at 5:30 a.m.  My better half had asked if I would help her to create her resume and I thought to myself that it would be an easy task.  I was glad that she asked me.

I knew most of her personal and professional information, however, I was unaware of any accomplishments that she had achieved over the many years at the same company.  When I impatiently asked her to name them off, she struggled to recall them. I fired away in rapid succession questions: if she had perfect attendance?, perfect safety record?, letters of commendation?, successful projects?, awards?, etc.,  As she stammered to answer, it never dawned on me that I was being a bully!  No other way around it. This is where I did not use common sense, nor Christian values.  Looking back, not only did I need to apologize, but reflect on my actions.

Book smarts:

in purity, understanding, patience, and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;” (2 Corinthians 6:6)

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)

“and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” (2 Peter 1:7)

Book smarts and Common Sense:

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4)

“Hatred stirs up conflict,
but love covers over all wrongs.” (Proverbs 10:12)

So, I’m sorry babe and I will try to remember to change the roll next time too!

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