Straighten Them Out!


A chicken and an elephant were locked in a cage together. The chicken turned to the elephant and said, “We need to set a few ground rules. First, let’s not step on each other!”

The chicken was looking at it from his point of view. Our chicken point of view affects our relationships with others. Our tendency is to want to straighten people out for our own benefit.

If you think straightening people out is your job, I suggest you become a funeral director. That way, when you straighten them out, they will stay straightened out.

Remember, God is the construction manager. Have you ever seen a sign that read, “Slow! Men at Work”?

These signs are usually accompanied by a dozen guys sitting around eating sandwiches. I have a suggestion for you. The next time you see someone who needs fixing, imagine a sign posted beside them: “Slow! God at Work.”

And there may be another sign: “Keep Out.”

You see, you don’t always see. God is at work, whether you see it or not. Those people who need to be straightened out aren’t what they ought to be. But they aren’t what they’re gonna be either!

The Bible says, “Bear with each other and forgive one another. Forgive one another as the Lord has forgiven you” (Colossians 3:13).


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