2018 May 07 Monday

2018 May 07 Monday in Grimes Iowa

51°and clear that climbed to 76° by 1:00 p.m.

Our day started with a drive to Altoona. We met with Tina at Perkins for breakfast. She and her daughter will be returning to Germany tomorrow. They have been here for two months (while we were in Texas) so that Tina could shadow some lawyers. She is working as a midicator in Germany and wanted the experience here. One of the law firms offered her a job. However, because of family obligations, she is not in a position to move from Germany.

We left breakfast in time to get to lunch at the Grimes senior center. We played games, ate, and played more games.

Once we got home we spent some time sorting through stuff and game up with a large box of items to donate to the church rummage sale.

As we were going through things, we found some bottles of out of date medications. I checked on the internet and found that Walgreens would take them for disposal. I dumped them into a sandwich bag. Tore off the labels from the bottles and threw them away.

At 5:30 we had an employee meeting at Cutty’s clubhouse. We filled out new paperwork and got our employee handbook.

Once we left the meeting we drove to Walgreens to dispose of the pills. I was told that without the pills in their original bottles they couldn’t take them. The pharmacists advice was to just throw them in the trash. I doubt that is the approved method. But I did it anyway.

I got a nice photo of the sunset.

MUSING – May 07 2018

WATCH YOUR MOUTH

James 3:3-10
“We put bits in the mouths of horses to make them obey us, and we have control over everything they do. The same thing is true for ships. They are very big and are driven by strong winds. Yet, by using small rudders, pilots steer ships wherever they want them to go. In the same way the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can brag about doing important things. A large forest can be set on fire by a little flame. The tongue is that kind of flame. It is a world of evil among the parts of our bodies, and it completely contaminates our bodies. The tongue sets our lives on fire, and is itself set on fire from hell. People have tamed all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures. Yet, no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison. With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. Yet, with the same tongues we curse people, who were created in God’s likeness. Praise and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen!”

Like every child I would occasionally ”talk back” to my mother. When I had gone to far, Mom would say, “You’d better watch your mouth!”

I had a sister who was fifteen years older and when I had “pushed her buttons” she would say, “you’re breeding a scab on the end of your nose, boy.”

In my teenage years, I found it easy to talk my way into fights. I remember one person telling me (in a threatening way), “Don’t let your mouth make promises that your first can’t keep.”

At seventy plus years my mouth still gets me in trouble. James said it best, “no one can tame the tongue.” Even though my tongue still occasionally becomes unbridled, now a larger percentage of the time it is used to praise God and be in service of the LORD.

Sometimes it is best to just bite your tongue and remain silent.

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams

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