This was a good article – especially the story about O. S. His pastor really got to him. It did a world of good, though.
I had to smile at the general mood of their meeting, since it reminded me of how B. M. Page often told about the time he went to his pastor (my dad) for counseling on a certain issue having to do with his daily broadcast, "What the Bible Says."
I've heard Brother Page tell about it several times. He never tells what the issue was about. He just tells what Dad said to him,
"Brother Page, the trouble with you is – you're wearing your feelings on your sleeve. Brush off your sleeve and keep going. Now – was there something else?"
Brother Page said, "I learned to not go back to Brother Porter for counseling. But, he was right."
The time saving part of this is; “Now- was there something else?”
I recall in the early days of my ministry, I was in the office of my Pastor, Dr. Tom Wallace, saying something about being really hurt by the statements of another pastor about me. Brother Tom said, “Larry, dead men don’t have feelings!” He then read these verses to me,
Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
“Larry, get your mind on heaven and get over what people do or do not say about you! Now go on and produce your radio program!”
Needless to say I have referred back to that moment often. The time saver is, “Now go on and produce your radio program!”
Two things here may help you in your quest to redeem a portion of your daily and life time.
#1 Learn to use gentle phrases like the ones above when dealing with problems. Talking or listening for hours would not have contributed more to the solution. There’s no solution known to keep people from talking about you.
#2 Learn to appreciate the gentle or not so gentle phrases that suggest the conversation is over, and get on with your business. Failure to listen for the cues, will waste your time whining, and will irritate the person because you are continuing to usurp their precious time.
“I think the older I get, the more I realize that the ultimate luxury is time.” Michael Kor.
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