A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.

~Proverbs 17:10, NLT


“Fools never learn.”


According to Timothy Keller, there are degrees of teachability. The discerning is on the high end of the spectrum and the fool is on the lower end. In the middle is the simple. Unfortunately, I am in the middle. I learn but not quickly. The discerning are quick learners. They learn from out mistakes. They study, they observe, they listen and they learn. The simple learn but they learn the hard way. You have no doubt heard the adage, “I graduated from the school of hard knocks, our colors are black and blue.” This is my testimony. It is not that I have had it harder, I have made it harder on myself. A multitude of my failures could have been avoided had I been more discerning. I know some discerning people, I don’t know many but there are a few. Most of us are in the middle or at least this is my hope.

The fool never learns. You can put the rod to his back but it will make no difference. Forty lashes was the standard punishment but Solomon says you can give a fool one hundred lashes and it will not correct his behavior. You can incarcerate him or her but it will not change them. Most of the people in prison are repeat offenders. Judges have already given them a second and sometimes third chance but they failed to learn. Fools refuse to learn. They prefer to live as they please and then blame others for their misfortune. Bad choices lead to bad consequences.

I am a George Jones fan. Believe it or not, there was a time in my life when I made fun of George Jones fans. He has one song called CHOICES and I think it is based on his experience. It goes like this…

I’ve had choices
Since the day that I was born
There were voices
That told me right from wrong
If I had listened
No I wouldn’t be here today

Living and dying
With the choices I made

I was tempted
By an early age I found
I liked drinkin’
Oh, and I never turned it down
There were loved ones
But I turned them all away
Now I’m living and dying with the choices I made.

It is not rocket science: just simply mathematics–If we make bad choices, we have to live and die with the consequences. The commercial–STOP JUDGING DOT ORG is bologna. Gays and drug users are more likely to get AIDS. It is the consequence of a bad choice. This is not politically correct, it is the truth.

My computer at the office went out. It is a Dell lap top and it is about 15 years old so I cannot complain. I usually keep a spare just in case but my spare is very cheap and very small.

We had a group come in from the beach yesterday and one to leave. Joe David, Lori, Ty, Jace, Josie and Mylee are going South for a vacation. Meanwhile Big Mama and I have planned us a little get away. I think we are going to Mount Airy, NC, the home of Andy Griffith. We got VidAngel a few weeks ago but we have watched everything on it and are now back to Andy Giffith. We have planned three mini-vacations this year and all were cancels: two on account of the virus which is proving to be less dangerous than the flu. The recovery rate is 99%. We have been misled by people in high places and the sad fact is that many, and not all of them are elderly, are frightened because of all the misinformation. The DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH should be ashamed and so should the media. Do you think we will get an apology? Of course not, they will not even admit they were wrong.

My mother would have been 105 today!

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