February 19, 2023
Reflections From the Heart of Allan Redenius
When I was younger, I noticed that those who were older said exactly what was on their mind. Though sometimes unfiltered, their words usually spoke truth and wisdom. Their words were, for the most part, short and to the point.
Here’s an example. One day, while grilling some burgers together, I told my Dad, “I’m thinking of selling the lake home.” His few words of truth spoke volumes of wisdom. “If you sell it, you’ll never have it again.” I never sold it.
When I started to get in the older category, I found myself doing the same thing. Speaking the truth, sometimes without filter. The older (but at that point maybe not wiser) I got, the more I realized that “truth” doesn’t take many words. But to the “younger” to whom the truth sometimes hurts, they would take offense. At that point I briefly said, “Sometimes you just need to deal with it.” See what I mean about using a few words and not beating around the bush?
But now, in my aged wisdom, I’ve learned a new thing from Jesus. Jesus always spoke truth and with a few words, but never were His words hurtful. This is what I’ve learned from He Who created all things, even words. Always speak the truth in love.
I’ll leave you with that thought. Always speak the truth in love……….
Love in Christ,
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