Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood…
I often quote Plato: “You learn more about someone in an hour of play than a year of conversation.” That’s why we invite people – including reporters and politicians, celebrities, potential business partners, and future in-laws, etc. – to join us out fishing, camping, snowmachining, building hunting camps, and playing our own Eskimo Bingo to get to know them better. Sports and play are where guards are dropped and true character gets revealed.
One thing, though – there is some trash talk. If you trash-talk and win, then you look confident. But if you’re mouthing off and lose…well, at least you had the fun of mouthing off.
I have to assume that the verse in Philippians 2:3 (which says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves….”) simply can’t apply to playing “H-O-R-S-E” in the driveway. Instead, I believe God Himself participated in a little trash talk in Isaiah to calm the worried King Ahaz of Judah about his northern rivals when He called them just “smoldering stubs.” I like it that God used Isaiah to throw down some trash – and, in appropriate circumstances, I’m sure He doesn’t mind if we do either.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, pull out the Scrabble board and try to work “smoldering stubs” into your conversation. It might throw your opponents off their game, give them a snippet of Scripture they might now know, and remind us that God has a sense of humor.
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