Think Before You Click

Hello everyone,
I was reminded this week that in spite of our well-laid plans, it only takes a moment to erase them all. It wasn’t a major incident, just a gentle reminder. It happened while I was working on my message for this week.
About 10:30 Saturday morning, I was putting the finishing touches on my sermon. It was on my computer screen, and I was going to open a different window to check a reference. As I did this, I was asked if I wanted to save what I was doing. Without taking the time to consider my options, I clicked on the “No” button. Instantly, the results of hours of work disappeared!
This time the hasty mouse click only affected me. There have been times, when I sent emails that I should have proof read first, providing someone with misinformation. Other times, I have sent things that I might not have, had I taken the time to think about what I was about to do, because someone was offended.
I’m reminded of some very good advice from the scriptures. These have more to do with the way we handle our words than with making wrong judgments concerning computer functions, but I think they apply to the use of words and how we may wish to be able to take them back at times.
“He who answers before listening–that is his folly and shame” (Proverbs 18:13). I might paraphrase that one in this way: He who clicks without thinking–that may be to his embarrassment and shame!
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways” (Proverbs 14:8). Finally, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…” (James 1:19). Pastor Jerry’s paraphrase: Be quick to consider the result of your click.”
This isn’t very deep, nor is it profound, but it may provide food for thought.

Just thinking,
Pastor Jerry

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