Monday, August 29, 2011


I was thinking this morning, about one of the times we had went back home to visit.  After a fun-filled weekend of visiting with family and friends, it was now Sunday and time to pack it up and head back home.  During our commute, there was an accident on the interstate. As we were approaching the backed up traffic, my daughter, whom I had just picked up from one of her friends’ that she stayed with the weekend said, “Oh mommy, I forgot to tell you that Ms. Rhonda (her friend’s mother) told me to tell you there was a wreck on the interstate!”

My first reaction was, “Fine time to tell me!” Because had she told me this important piece of information at the time she was suppose to, I could have avoided this accident and delay! My daughter, being 17 has her own attitudes, so of course she gets on the defensive, and my attitude and frustration at this point won’t make it any better! (uuuuuuggggghhhhhh)!

However, as with all things, it got me to thinking------How many times have I allowed someone to run across a stumbling block or an accident b/c of my choosing not to say anything or warn them! How many times could I have prevented something from happening, if only I would have said something? Better yet, how many friends have I continued to allow to error w/o saying anything b/c I don’t want them to get mad or think I am judging them, etc! The bottom line is, we are to warn people of the danger up ahead, if they don’t listen, it’s on them, but if we don’t say anything, it’s on us. WOW!

Ezekiel 3:17-21 (New International Version)
17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for [a] his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.
20 "Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. 21 But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself.