The other day, getting into the car after a doctor’s visit, I got listening to an ongoing conversation on a Christian radio call-in program that intrigued me.
There was this guy (with a voice like a radio announcer), describing the experience he had had with his “Debit Card” at the bank. It seems that he had changed banks, and unthinkingly used the “pin number” of the account at his PREVIOUS bank, while trying to transfer funds to his checking account in the NEW bank. (Pay attention here. It WILL make sense.) For those uninitiated, a “pin number” is a “personal identification number” that identifies the user as truly the owner of that account. (Don’t go to sleep now. I’ll tie it all in.)
The “upshot” of it is, when he couldn’t transfer his funds, he got so upset at the bank that he went in and gave them a “piece of his mind”, and really “fell off the wagon” so to speak. He lost his temper.
To “add insult to injury”, his check to his Mortgage Company “bounced”, and he heard bad messages - both from the bank AND the MC. (Am I going too fast?). I’m not sure that’s the whole story, but at this point, the guy was describing his actions, while laughing uproariously at himself for what he had done.
He was trying to say that he was so convicted by his actions, that he went back in and apologized to the bank employee for what he did and said, while trying to explain to the employee what a “klutz” he was (are you still awake?) The Bank guy wasn’t interested in HOW he had goofed, but that he HAD, and “he’d better not do it again”. I don’t know how that made him feel, except that he insisted on telling him HOW and WHY he had goofed. (Ad infinitum, I’m sure.)
The part that interests me is that he not only insisted on telling the bank employee the whole story, but continued telling US that story - embellished or not - while laughing so hard he could hardly speak. He couldn’t stop!
The moral of this story is that he got convicted by the Lord, and then went in and apologized, and now felt “peace with God” (not his words).
The program host was “taken” with the story, and encouraged other listeners to not only call-in with reactions to THIS story, but to share their own experiences as well. Good follow-up.
This is not an unusual experience of other Christians, I’m sure. And, it does have a “moral”. He sinned; he was convicted; and he confessed - not only to God, but to the bank employee. I just remembered: At the end of the conversation on the radio, the guy said: “I’m changing banks!” What? (I laughed out loud!)
This story is NOT why I’m sharing it with you “long-suffering” readers of my blog, but rather, when I heard all that I said outloud: “Hey. That’s me!” oops. “Hey. That’s I”. (You know - subject, predicate, the verb “to be”, and all that.) Not that I did exactly the same thing (I’ve done others), but rather that it took him so long to tell the story. Is that me (oh, I), or what?
This whole posting is illustrative of that story. Sometimes, I just can’t shut up! (As our call-in friend couldn’t.) If you’ve known me for some time, or even read some of these “blog postings”, you’ll agree with that, I’m sure. And, I STILL have a tendency to “embellish” what I’m saying, supposedly for effect.
Now: Wait until you hear this! (Follow me, now). When I left the Moody Bible Institute 43 years ago to take over Christian radio station WEEC in Springfield OH (my home area), the last interview I had there was with my long-time chess partner (at lunch) and friend, Robert J. Little. A better friend and mentor I have never had - before or since.
Before I packed up my stuff (including the Chess Board) and left, Mr. Little took me to lunch. Good. Then, he shared with me some observations about me that he had noticed in the last 11 years of our friendship, and made two or three suggestions. I don’t remember much about the other “suggestions”, but this one pops up regularly: (Are you ready for this?) He said, “You’ll be more effective, if you practice getting information into the minds of your hearers, rather than just trying to get something off your own mind.” Whoa!! I wrote that down, and have referred to it many times in the past several years.
Soooo…………., the obvious question is: “Why don’t you follow the advice, Mike?” I don’t know. I just seem to have to express myself - on many topics, regrettably. I TRY to be brief. But that, like me being unable to “slow down, Mike”, doesn’t seem to register. Having this blog is a testament to that. My only excuse is that John and Tonya suggested the blog, and I just naturally “fell in”. Naturally? You bet!
That reminds me: I remember another thing Mr. Little advised: “Be careful to notice the ‘speed’ of others, not just of yourself.” (I might as well get it all “off my chest”, so to speak. I still can’t remember the third thing. Actually, I hope I don’t! These two are bad enough!) In that vein, the secretary outside of my office at Moody used to say that when I came “running” out of the office, she just felt she needed to “hurry up and do something”.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
OK. Confession time is over. That’s enough of that!