Always Room for More!

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

-Psalms 133:1

 

IMG_0265Last week, we took on a project to make some extra space for storage. You know how it is when you have all this stuff that you want to keep but just don’t know where to put it? You know, the stuff that can be passed down to the next generation, and you really want to save as much as is possible but the place to put it is….where? Well, for about two or three years now, most of our storage has been jammed into two or three rooms. Rooms that are so packed full that you can’t even open the door. Yeah, it was pretty bad!

We decidIMG_0144ed it was time to put an end to that problem! So as a team, we went out to one of our dog barns that we have that had been in its previous life, a chicken barn. Whew! It was a mess! I’m sure by the time we had finished with it, it had breathed a sigh of relief. That is, till it found out what it would now be doing! Besides two deep chest freezers and about four upright refridgerators, it also now hosts all the storage from all theIMG_0234 rooms previously mentioned. I could just hear the floor joists groaning! Not to mention the fact that it became a dual purpose barn. Not only is it storage, but it’s split side is now a whelping barn for our growing puppy breeding business. However, I am getting ahead of myself.

As a former chicken barn, it had accommodations for laying hens, the barn including three rooms for the purpose of raising hens. The innermost room was equipped with a broodIMG_0278er for raising the young chickens. From there they move to the slightly larger room with a small yard until they begin laying. After that, they are ingratiated with the large flock of laying hens and commence their first lessons on pecking order. Which by the way, can be rather severe!

So, the aforementioned brooder and all the egg IMG_0245nesting boxes had to be removed. After that, one of the walls had to be taken down and all the air vents we had left on the building had to be covered over. It took us about two days to get it all cleaned up and functional and we still aren’t quite finished but it’s much better than it was!

Humors Balance

IN EVERY ENCOUNTER
WE EITHER GIVE LIFE
OR WE DRAIN IT;
THERE IS NO NEUTRAL EXCHANGE

-Brennan Manning

 

Words are a powerful motivator. The apostle James describes the tongue as the following, “..a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the toungue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell…..Therewith bless we God, even the father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similtude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”

-James 3:6 & 9-10

In essence, our words have the power to either give life, or take it away. I confess, I too struggle with the desire to be the wittiest guy in the group, but is that right? No. That is a desire based completely off of pride and selfishness, two attitudes which God detests. When we jest, tease, cap, slam, however you wish to call it, we are hurting another person with our words. No matter what way we justify it, it is still wrong. Even if the recipient slaps a “I-don’t-care” expression on their face or even laughs at what you have said, deep inside there is a hurt they are trying to hide. A hurt you have just caused. Why would we deliberately try to go around hurting others? A sobering thought is this. Your words can never ever be taken back. No matter how much you may apologize, the damage has been done and it is permanent.

As I write this, I have three fingers pointed right back at me. I have been often guilty of making a rude comment which has been sugarcoated to look like I was just kidding the person but deep down, there is a heart issue that that comment has sprung from. Often I will make a comment that has been twisted slightly and made to look like I am joking, when in reality, I am making the comment as a direct attack on a person. I have heard the saying before that every jest has a hint of truth to it. And it is true.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that all humor is wrong. There is a fine line between humor and ripping a persons self esteem up in the name of humor. This is what I would call “humors balance.” The most helpful advice I have heard is to try out a comment on yourself to see how well you would like it before using it on others. If it eats at you, It’ll eat at them.

So what am I saying here? Where am I going with this? The point is something that God has been pressing me with recently. That I need to measure my words. That I need to be careful with what I say and how I say it. Because like I said earlier, words are powerful. Jesus came to this earth to set an example for us to follow. Look at the way he lived his life. The words that he said and the way he lived paves the way for us. We must strive to live in his example.

For those of you who also struggle with this, know you are not alone. But it is something we have to come to a decision on. Are we going to continue to tear each other down in any form or will we decide to build one another up like Jesus did? The choice is yours.

“But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. “

-Matthew 5:37