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By Mike Kelley

Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,
and you will stay out of trouble.

Proverbs 21:23

Sometime back I was shopping at a used bookstore and found a copy of a book entitled "God's Little Devotional Book." It was published in 1995 by Honor Books, Inc. It has been the inspiration for many of my bulletin articles, including this one today. If you can get your hands on a copy of this book, I would encourage you to do so.

And, now, on to today's devotional thought...

Abraham Lincoln is often held up to children as a model of achievement and the embodiment of "The American Dream." Considered by many to be the greatest of all Presidents, his Second Inaugural Address is one of the greatest speeches ever given, and his Gettysburg Address is still studied and even memorized by many students.

Amazingly, Lincoln had only a few months of formal education... and that was in a one-room schoolhouse where students ranged from age five to twenty-five. His teacher likely had no more than an eighth-grade education.

One day, a father was reciting all of Lincoln's accomplishments to his teenage son. "Where else but America could this happen?" he intoned. Then, hoping to inspire a little more ambition in his son, he said, "Why, when Lincoln was your age, he was teaching himself how to be a lawyer."

Immediately, his son shot back, "And when he was your age, he was President of the United States!"

We almost always miss the mark when we suggest to others that they be like anybody other than their own best selves... and, like this son, they often readily point out our mistake.

Someone has well said: "People are like fish. Neither would get into nearly as much trouble if they kept their mouths shut!"

The above text is the article from the bulletin front page dated 7/22/2021



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