I am not trying to pick a fight this morning; those days are long gone and my life is peaceful as a life can be in this crazy world. I am going back to a different time in life when it was safer to spit out what you thought to another person that was a smart-alecky (as that is what we called someone who thought they were all that and a bag of chips). I had two brothers and they had a lot of friends who would come to our house or my brothers would go to their houses to play, tumble, touch football play, or wrestle in the yards. 

We never played in the house; yards were our playgrounds and we were lucky if we had a swing set. We didn’t have one, but we didn’t care as life was fun and we made the best of what we had. I do remember hearing the young boys holler (for all you city slickers, that is yelling) out to anyone brave enough to say something “smart” (we are not meaning educated), “Ya think ya something?” and the war of words and an occasional fight would ensue. Those were the days when there were not weapons but a hard fist in someone’s face got the message sent. If someone jumped one of the friends, all of the friends jumped into the brawl. 

Here is what I think was really going on, now that I am a lot older and wiser. It wasn’t about being mean; it was about being “real” and accepting what was a reality; we were not wealthy but not the poorest and we made the most of what we had. Uppity or arrogant people were not tolerated; if you came as yourself and didn’t put on “airs”, you were accepted and all was good. I wrote a quote this morning and it seems appropriate to relay my message this morning, ” When we begin to think we are all that; we begin to diminish what we truly are. ” Now for the deeper thought…..God made everyone of us and there is no need for any of us to become arrogant or think we are better than anyone else. Any talents are inserted into us by God and not really anything we have inserted. If we accomplish anything; we are blessed to have been given the abilities to accomplish this very thing. 

Now for the deeper thought…There are mornings I would love to be quiet and not write. God reminds me this is not for me; it is for others to see the lessons I had to learn and am still learning; that I am not anybody special but I am special to Him. In life, live life; love life; and live life to the fullest! Give thanks for every breath, every sigh, and even every tear as you are alive by the Grace of God!
1 Samuel 2:3                
Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 

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Author: sippingcupsofinspiration

A blogger since 2012, a published author of three Five Star romance novels, A MISTRESS, A WIFE and TELL ME LIES; LOVE ME STILL and RIDDLE ME THIS, LOVE OR BLISS. Still a small town girl with a lot of experience of people watching. Ten years of blogging experience.

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