What do you get when you cross....?
Did you hear the one about...?
Those are all relatively harmless lines...UNTIL they come out the mouths of children...in front of your parents/minister/elderly neighbor/other kids. Your mind automatically goes back to the last time YOU said that and how YOU ended it. Rut-ROH! The look of mortification spreads across your face as you worry how they're going to end it.
We've all done it. We can joke, tease each other, say something off-color, or even 'insult' each other and know that it's all in fun. We can see the humor in it. We only do it around people who KNOW we don't really mean it.
Yeah, kids don't always pick up on those nuances...So, they don't filter themselves quite as well...
But when we hear those words back, maybe that's God reflecting back to us how things sound when they come out of our mouths.
Funny as they may be, maybe we shouldn't be saying them in any company, much less the short people (children) in our world. Are these jokes really glorifying God? Are they really honoring Him? Are WE the Jesus that others need to see? We may encounter someone who needs to see Jesus, and we're busy showing them our backsides so-to-speak.
If you have to change the words to the joke based on who you're telling it to, maybe you should just keep it to yourself.
NOW....I'm not preaching from a high horse, here. I'm one of the biggest offenders! Oh MY GOODNESS! And I am continually reminded by my own 'Funny Mirrors that Talk'. And, they're REALLY funny!
It's RIDICULOUSLY humbling to say, "I don't want to hear that coming out of your mouth" when it just came out of your own mouth. They are ABSOLUTELY hysterical and have quick wits that are not to be matched by anybody! I often joke that we need to teach them the 'whens' to using such a gift/curse. I don't want to get a call from school that one has just been flattened because he joked with the wrong guy.
Let's try to keep each other accountable so we don't 'step in it'! Who's with me?
If you wouldn't tell Jesus...maybe you shouldn't tell anybody...*she said to herself*
I'll leave you with this:
New International Version (NIV)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
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