A fool’s lips bring strife,
And his mouth calls for blows.
A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
I tell a lot of stories. It is part of my teaching method. Our family grew up telling stories; stories about our family, fishing stories, farming stories hunting stories, stories of exploits, stories of failures and dumb moves, sad stories, happy stories. In conversations at work, in the back yard, over the back fence, at family gatherings, in the church foyer we all tell stories.
Some people in the process of telling stories can’t help themselves from telling stories that make themselves look good, tough, smart, successful, intelligent, even spiritual. There is usually an element of exaggeration as they portray themselves as a macho man or women.
The worst at this verbal foolishness from my observation are politicians, professional actors, sports stars, and politicians. Did I say politicians twice, yes I guess I did, and I think I will leave it that way. It is amazing that those that have such a high stature in life are so prone to bragging and attempting to make themselves out to be something they are not.
It is interesting to observe the verbal sparing going on recently between our President, Russia’s Putin, and now Turkey’s president. None of it is what you would call intelligent leadership conversation, it is more like sixth-grade boys verbally competing for tough kid of the class.
A couple of lessons for me as I observe what one conservative commentator called the embarrassing display of world leaders pissing on each other.
Lesson number one is when I tell a story about myself, I need to be sure and make myself out to be ordinary, struggling like everybody else, a guy on a journey trying to figure things out, but a man who loves Jesus.
The second lesson learned is that I need to pray harder for the President of the United States that God would fill him with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.