Does My Cussing Offend You?

At our store, (Hawk’s Hometown Flooring, located on Hwy 11, in Springville, Al. Directly across from Oneeighty Church) I frequently have guys come in looking for work. It’s just a fact, albeit a sad one, that a lot of the guys who want to do this type work aren’t the, how shall I put this, most “clean cut” of the bunch. Just to be blunt, a lot of them are addicts, so we lose lots of help to relapses.

Yesterday was no different. There was a guy waiting on me when I got there. I hate when people are there before I’m “settled in”. Aka, have my make up on, and have watched Days Of Our Lives (don’t judge!). He said he needed work, that he had a son to take care of, and that he was a fast learner. I was very impressed with his politeness, and his eagerness to work.

We talked awhile. I told him that we’d lost our last helper due to a relapse. Something about the look in his face made me feel bad; as if maybe, he thought I was being judgmental. The conversation rocked on, and I was able to bring up our son, Tucker. He looked surprised when I told him that he was in prison. I explained to him that we were hoping this was God’s way of ‘nipping things in the bud’. He seemed to feel a bit more comfortable. Again, Tucker’s testimony is already helping people! God is good!

Later in the conversation he said, “I know y’all are ‘big Christians’ are y’all going to be offended by things I say?” I took that to mean he was a cusser. I wanted to crack up in his face! I explained to him that we’re not perfect, and that he might hear one of us use a word we shouldn’t at some point. I told him that we expected him to be respectful, but that we weren’t easily offended, and that he just needed to be himself. Then I thanked God for the opportunity to have an impact on someone’s life.

Our job is a ministry. Everyone’s job is a ministry! We have opportunities placed before us, all the time, to impact a life. We don’t have to preach to them, or shove bible verses down their throats. We simply have to live out what we believe.

Today, and every day, let’s be on the lookout for people who need to feel the love of Jesus. Let’s not let people who might not be saved, or may not be spiritually mature, offend us. Let’s handle them with care, and gently prod them in the right direction. Let’s make an impact on the people around us, and start a revival in our little part of the world!

Those who hear God’s teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves in a mirror. They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like. But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God’s perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God’s teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy. James 1:23-25

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