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I was shocked recently when I read the posting of a profanity on Facebook about a fairly important issue. I was shocked, not because I’d never heard this before (I am a Vietnam Veteran after all), but because this public dis- play of profanity was by someone who I trust as a friend, and from one whom I’ve never heard that kind of talk. Now to give the benefit of the doubt, peo- ple do tend to guard their words when they’re around an ordained member of the clergy, so I may not hear the way folks really speak to one another... profane or otherwise. But still I was shocked.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death." In this world of 24/7 communication in every mode imaginable, we especially need
to think about the impact of our words. What we say really does have the power to give life and support to some- one, or kill their spirit, their personality, their life.
The Bible does have some profound things to say about our words and how we use them, for instance, James 3:8 says that, “No one can tame the tongue – a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” It goes on to describe hateful words as a forest fire that races through an area. This is gossip, which really is an evil thing, because it usually is not true, but made up of half-truths pawned off as the real thing. So don’t gossip! There
Every once in a while, someone will come up to me and say, “I’ll never for- get what you said to me (personally or in a sermon). It helped me more than you’ll ever know.” And you know, for the life of me, I usually can’t remem- ber what it was that I said that was so important! Must be I was tuned into what that person needed to hear at that moment and let God guide my words. Even though I can’t always remember, I’m just glad I said something positive and supportive at that point in their life.
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Remember what mother said? “If
Have you ever tried to get the tooth- paste back into the tube after you’ve squeezed it out? Tricky isn’t it? More like impossible! I’ve literally done this with a group of children, illustrating with toothpaste and a paper plate, (they love it!) with the point being that our words are like that toothpaste.... Once we’ve said them they are out! And there’s no taking them back.
you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” Now that was real wisdom.
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Gossip, is really an evil thing, because it usually is not true, but made up of half-truths pawned off as the real thing.
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Spring has arrived in the Capitol, and that means more work on state budget negotiations. Governor Whitmer's office presently awaits a counter to her initial budget proposal presented back on March 5. Governor Whitmer has promised to keep leg- islators working in Lansing over the summer recess if the budget cannot be successfully negotiated before July.
I'm most interested in what you'd like the state to do. Please plan to see me at my monthly coffee hours on the first Saturday of each month and tell me what's on your mind.
In the meantime, legislators present new bills on everything 110 differ-
ent Michigan House members might imagine; House committees keep con- vening; and lobbyists continue to visit the Capitol to argue different sides
of issues. Different lobbyists recently visited me to articulate diametrically opposite views on whether the state government, or rather whether local governments, should regulate where gravel pits are allowed. There are different points of view on almost
any issue.
I have recently introduced a bill
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