TODAY THE WORDS are HARD KNOT. This is a test of how old the blog’s readers are. I am kidding, of course, but I am assured that not too many of you are going to remember this phrase and how it was used. To give you an example, I am going back in time when we were children, four of us children with only four and a half years between the oldest and the youngest, me. My brother that was less than 2 years older than me was a unique kid. He had a heart of gold picking up every stray dog in the world (or at least it seemed that way) but he had a stubborn streak in him. Once his mind was made up, it was an endurance test to change it. Our grandfather on my father’s side was partial in feelings and was obvious in his feelings, referring to Joe as his little preacher man as one of his descriptions of Joe. He even recognized, even with blinders of love to Joe, the stubborn streak of Joe’s, which seemed to imitate Granddaddy’s own stubborn streak. His second nickname for Joe was Hard Knot (which in his interpretation meant a knot on a log due to its hardness was difficult to get it to burn in a fire). I feel, and I have been guilty of being a Hard Knot myself in younger years and some people might feel this nickname might be applicable at times even now. Now for the deeper thought…….What do we gain by being a “Hard Knot”? The answer is very little! Let’s look into the business world and we can see that only good deals are accomplished by discussion and compromise and no deals are sealed by Hard Knots. We have good relationships with our spouses by love and caring, but also mainly by compromise. In other words, we choose our battles (sounds like war, but not necessarily). When stubbornness is at the forefront of anyone’s personality, it helps when it disappears or is mellowed. How can a Hard Knot be softened, you may ask? When God enters a person’s heart or as I am using Hard Knot as an example, and He gives a good soaking of love, faith, trust and kindness; the knot is seasoned or softened. Love is the ultimate soaking and we see things differently and it creates a different kindling of the soul. Life becomes better when we don’t feel we have to win every battle and we compromise with others. For all of you who didn’t know our brother, Hard Knot as called by some but we called him Joe, softened with the Lord, is in Heaven! He was such a special brother to us, and is missed. When we soften our hearts; we become stronger!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Romans 14 (1-4)
1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2 One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
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