A retiring pastor was saying farewell to his congregation at the church doors for the last time. He shook the hand of an elderly lady as she walked out. She said, “Your successor won’t be as good as you.”
“Nonsense,” said the pastor, in a flattered tone.
“No, really,” said the old lady, “I’ve been here under five different ministers, and each one has been worse than the last.”
Exercise? I thought you said, “Extra fries.”
Thought for the day
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)
One of the best strategies for de-escalating conflict is also one of the scariest things you can do: Asking God to give you a clear picture of yourself.