Well now, the last two entries have provoked great comments and food for thought! Possibly some of the best give-and-take I've had here so far.
First, I want everyone to know that Toonguy and I are still friends, at least as far as I know. After reading the comments and re-reading my entry, I agree that yes, there WAS an element of gossip there.
I also began to think about the very few people in my town who have a link to this journal (possibly 4 or 5), and realized that it's vaguely possible that entry could have gotten back to the people I referred to, and their families. And the father mentioned in one of the stories has been nothing but good to us. Why would I want to slander him or his family on the Internet?
One thing that made me see the true intent of Toonguy (and my own intentions) was a Proverb that was part of my daily Bible reading Thursday. This is a good example of why Christians need to be reading their Bibles.
Proverbs 10:17 "He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray."
Is it coincidence that this verse came to my mind not five minutes after reading Russ's comment? Before I could get all defensive and angry?
Nope, like it or not, God used Russ to remind me to "not merely listen to the Word and so deceive myself, but to listen to what it says." James 1:22
And that, my friends, is your sermon for the day... and mine too.
I had wonderful waffles this morning, along with sausage from the hogs we butchered last Saturday. What a way to start the weekend. The sun is shining, the highs are to be in the fifties, and I'm going to enjoy this day to the fullest.