DayBreaks for 11/06/12 – It Takes Two to Fight
Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. – 2 Timothy 2:14 (NIV)
I don’t know if you are old enough to remember the organ grinder who used to go around in the streets with a little monkey to collect pennies. When I was a small kid on Friday nights, we’d drive in to the big town of Jefferson, Iowa (maybe 2000 people in those days – it’s not much large now!). Farmers from all over the countryside would come and park their cars around the main square that surrounded the county courthouse (Jefferson was the county seat) and just enjoy a Friday night. My memory seems that we just sat there in the car and watched people walk by. Exciting stuff for an Iowa farm boy. But, there was a corner that had a popcorn stand that was run by Cad Williams. Can must have been in her 70’s at the time, but I thought she must be at least 100. She was a sweet, dear lady – and in fact she was my Sunday school teacher for my early years. She made the best popcorn I’ve ever eaten…but sometimes there would be an organ grinder there with a small monkey.
This next scenario didn’t take place there, but it is a true story about one such organ grinder. It seems he had an especially clever monkey. On one occasion, when a big dog would break away from some children with whom it had been playing and made a dash for the monkey, the bystanders were surprised to see that the monkey did not seem in the least afraid. He stood perfectly still in evident curiosity, waiting for the dog to come up to him. This disconcerted the dog, for it would have much preferred to chase something that would run and not stand its ground. As soon as the dog reached the monkey, the funny little scarlet-coated creature courteously doffed its cap. Instantly there was a laugh from the audience. The dog was nonplussed. Its head drooped and its tail dropped between its legs. It looked like a whipped cur and not at all like the fine dog it really was. It turned and ran back home, and the laughing children could not persuade it to return. As for the monkey, he wanted no disagreement, and he knew instinctively that it took two to make a quarrel. You can often avoid strife by being the one who refuses to fight with a brother in Christ, even if he is somewhat different from you or belongs to another group.
We have come through an especially contentious few years in our nation’s history. I pray that today as Christians we will heed Paul’s counsel to Timothy and not quarrel let we ruin not just others, but ourselves as well. It always takes two to fight!!!! Let us be people of peace, remembering that Jesus didn’t fight over for…be only for the souls of men and women. I pray that will be our main concern, too!
PRAYER: Lord, let peace descend on our land and in our hearts. Let us bear no ill will to others. Let the healing begin this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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