Cold Lunch

June 9, 2017
by Brenda Wood

My girlfriend served up these words to me about her boss the other day at lunch:

    He called for magic but I was out of practice. In order to meet the short-time turnaround deadline I have to use a little flimflammery and deceive him with my chummy rhetoric. I can talk a fine game when I have to.

    If he calls me Tootsie one more time, I will hand him the Dustin Hoffman movie and tell him that he must be talking about that Tootsie.

    I'm chewing up a collection of gumballs. The stack is growing nicely. My next step: to leave the wad on his chair. Serves him right for not treating me with respect; after all, I am his right-hand man.

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, and our lunch sure was. My friend was just talking, I know — and she knows it, too — but venting in a safe place seemed to calm her a bit. We had a good laugh about the whole thing.

What do you vent about? Be careful. Is it becoming a rant? Are you exaggerating your problem? Is it taking over your life? Are you boring your friends and family with unending complaints? Did you take your problem to Jesus in prayer?

That's what the old hymn by Edmund S. Lorenz says: "Tell it to Jesus alone."

These verses might help:

Colossians 4:5-6 – Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don't miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. (MSG)

Romans 12:19 – Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. (NIV)

Matthew 11:28-30 – Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly. (MSG)

Prayer: God, we are stuck in a rut of complaining and whining instead of thankfulness. We resolve to change, with Your help. Thanks, God! Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>

Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good challenge Brenda. God bless.


    This is very down to earth everyday Christian living.


    Thanks Brenda for this reminder to guard our thoughts and our tongues. Blessings.


    Yup. Been there, done that! Thank you for your reminder that we should take it to Jesus.


    Wonderful advice we all need.
    Thank you.


    Ah, another great devotional with wise words from my friend Brenda, and even wiser are the words from our Lord which you have shared Brenda. Thank you.


    Hi Brenda!
    Just what I needed to hear today.
    Thank you so much for your insight!
    I remind myself to tell Jesus my all.
    Blessings!


    Oh so very true.
    I think we’re all guilty of this to some degree. However, taking everything to the one true source of help, and understanding, always makes a difference.
    Good one, Brenda.
    Thank you.


    I was reading the Daily Devotional for today, loved the COLD LUNCH story and the scriptures resonated with me. At church, the pastor has started everyone writing their daily scriptures in a book (I have a binder, lol). So as I got to the bottom I checked to see who had written this one and wouldn’t you know it, there was your name.
    Thank you for my scriptures today, which are all written in my binder.


    Dear Brenda,,
    Thank you for your devotional. I am really examining my discussions. I have a little talk with Jesus before I leave my bed in the morning but through the day I am asked how I am. A friend of mine at church gave me a motto that really helps. It is “to have an attitude of gratitude”. She displays that in her life. I also find that a time of what I call, my devotions, in the morning makes a great deal of difference in how I cope with the day
    Thank you again for your insights and encouragement.
    (B.C.)


    Dear Brenda,
    It is usually best to leave the unenlightening speech not repeated.
    I prefer to read more of what you have written below:
    “Tell it to Jesus alone.”
    These verses might help:
    Colossians 4:5-6 – Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. (MSG)
    Praying for God’s truth and wholesomeness to abound in your life and relationships. May God grant you the joy of sharing the love of God, the free grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of his Holy Spirit. Amen.


    In Matthew 11 the phrase ‘the unforced rhythm of grace’ is one to remember daily. I tend to want things to happen quickly; which sometimes defeats itself. Thank you for reminding me.

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