This past weekend I decided to decorate for Christmas – a little early I know. But we are going to be so busy the next two weekends and with all the work that goes into decorating the house, I wanted to make sure we would be able to enjoy it longer than a few weeks.
Miles and I pulled all the boxes out of the attic and I began to go through them. I found my skating rink with skaters that I used to put under the tree with the train. I had not set it out in years, so I made room for it in my bay window in the living room. The magnets drag a little and the skaters sometimes stutter. I was tickled to death that it still worked.
My husband went out of town so I was alone the first part of this week. My house was a little quieter than normal with him gone. While watching television this past week, I heard a scratching, chewing kind of sound. I believed it was our clever resident mouse that has dodged all our mouse traps. He had been a regular visitor over the past few days in the wall of my bay window. I would get up and bang on the wall to scare him, but he never went away. I can’t tell you how frustrating it was!
Then last night I sat there upset that he was chewing up our wall and decided in the morning I was going to have to go to the store and get more mouse traps and have Miles set them around when he got home. Then Lily barked and I went to the bay window to see if there was anyone out in the yard. That chewing sound was more clear and loud. I began to follow the sound to get an idea of where that mouse was and realized that my skating rink was the culprit and that scratching noise was the skaters trying to slide over the not so smooth ice. I was both relieved and felt kind of stupid.
My wrong assumption got me to thinking about how easy it is to assume things without checking out information. I let my assumption go on too long and it caused me to get upset and think the worst. If I had only taken the time to investigate the sound for myself and get the facts, I might not have spent days thinking a mouse was running rampant and chewing in my walls. The sad part is we believe what we want to believe sometimes whether it’s right or wrong.
The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 17:9 that the heart is deceitful and is sick, wicked and beyond cure – depending on the version you are reading. Sadly, Jeremiah is correct. Our hearts can easily lead us astray and alter our thinking. After all we humans are willful beings and want to believe and do what we want, when we want, and we can easily overlook or ignore the facts or lose discernment.
Discernment and wisdom that we gain from looking at the facts and thinking with our brains can go a long way to keep our hearts on the right track. Facts are true and cannot be changed by our words or thoughts. It’s important that a person looks at the facts and prays for wisdom as to how to go forward with that knowledge. Seeking to do good with the facts we know is important. Any word or thought that is said to cause a violent negative reaction or to hurt another person is wrong and never justified and is basically coming from an evil heart. Also to rail at the facts or to not take a wait and see attitude about something that has yet to be and complain also comes from evil intent. It’s called causing dissention.
God detests someone who causes dissention and dissention is considered one of the detestable behaviors in the Bible. The opposite of that is a peacemaker. A peacemaker has good intent and a right heart. If change is needed, then go about it the right way armed with wisdom and love in a peaceful way. Whether you like the facts or not doesn’t change a thing. I can think of nothing good that was ever solved by hatred and dissention. All it does is perpetuate evil, and if it can, evil destroys all that is good that stands in its path. The Lord wants us all to love one another. After all, it is the second greatest of His commands. Only love can put out the fires of fear and evil.
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. Proverbs 6:16-19