Thursday, September 19, 2013

Why the words we say might make a sad day for Jay

When you talk, don’t say anything bad. But say the good things that people need—whatever will help them grow stronger. Then what you say will be a blessing to those who hear you.

Ephesians 4:29
Easy to Read Version (ERV)

Here's another shot of attitude king Jay Erwin, sporting his new Ironman shirt that was recently delivered by his loving wife, Lisa.

I ran again this morning, so I guess that means you get another blog post regarding how I view Jay and his challenges. The guy floats into and out of my mind almost every mile, so when I get home, it's a brain dump onto the computer.

But today, I have heightened concern.  Please let me add this important point:

The author of this blog may not know what he's talking about. He may at times state words that are detrimental to Ironman.

I noted the verse above in my reading this morning and realized that what I write here is a risk. Can I be sure I won't say anything bad, or that what I do say is good and is what Jay needs? I'm as confused as the next guy about what happens in the world or how to react. I just get up each morning and stumble forward.

Many times, good intentions lead to bad outcomes. Maybe you're like me, where on occasion someone offers "advice" or "encouragement" in a Christian context. It's dangerous territory. I don't purport to know what Jay is facing each day, or the battles that encompass his mind. I hope that my blog posts are good things, but maybe they are not always the blessing I hope for.

Jay, please know that these blog posts are my best effort on any given day. I won't always know how you receive my words. Take what is worthwhile and trash the rest. Please know what I do write and say, comes in love. Please receive it and forgive me when necessary. Thanks.

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