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Wednesday, June 6th, '18

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SEE, I TOLD YOU SO!

"But after long abstinence...Paul...said, "Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete..." (Acts 28:21)

 

Paul's advice was snubbed. No more than a prisoner in transport he had the audacity to give the captain guidance; "Men, I perceive this voyage will end with disaster..." (vs 10) But the "centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul" (vs 11). The helmsman had his pride to protect. The ship owner had his profits. "Who does this prisoner think he is?" But the storm came. And the ship eventually sank. Paul was right. Everyone else was wrong. See, I told you so!

 

Sometimes the dimwits that won't listen need to be put in their place. I think Paul was legitimate in what he said, "Men, you should have listened to me..." However, though gloating may be justified in some cases, it is seldom the preferred course in relationships (since we're talking about ships). Normally the better action is to simply leave the outcome in the hands of God. "Therefore let those that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing..." (1 Peter 4:19) Credits are due but need not be demanded. When you're right the other party will know you're right, unless they are willfully blind, and who needs approval from those people anyway?

 

When you're wrong be grateful (because God forgives), and when you're right be graceful (because God still forgives). Ogden Nash offered, "To keep your marriage brimming with love in your loving cup, whenever you're wrong admit it, and whenever you're right shut up!" I know your tongue gets sore continually having to bite it so often but a sore tongue is better than someone else's broken spirit. The "see, I told you so" temptation comes about every day but it's best to seal your lip with Poly-Grip.

 

 "Is too", "Is not", "Did too", "Did not"; I was in one of those tog-o-war discourses over the phone recently absolutely certain of my position. The dis-course got a bit dissy. After checking my facts, guess what (this is so hard to believe), I was the numbskull. See, I told you so! But the caller on the other end chose politeness over rightness and said, "You're right" and left me with no defense. I had to respond with, "No, you're right". Next we were battling over humility. It turned out rather humorous. Tennis is supposed to be recreational, not confrontational. Life is a volley of ideas, feelings, slants and personal preferences. There will be times when you have "the word" on something and everyone else in the boardroom will buck your "wisdom". Later, when the storm hits and the boat sinks, you may need to say, "Men, you should have listened to me..." But it might be that an unobtrusive smile will work just as well. Be grateful and graceful. God is the vindicator, the justifier, the evener of the score. There is pleasure enough in just knowing yourself that you were right. Ping! Chalk up another one. There is joy in knowing your security is in God, needing no other source. "After long abstinence", Paul took over the captain's chair. Hold your tongue for the moment and God will give you the microphone at long last. See, I told you so!


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