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Lifelines column: One Loose Nut

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 2/27/18

One loose nut

It started out so simply. In trying to adjust the flush on the commode tank, a nut loosened and all the water from the tank flowed onto the upstairs bathroom floor (discovered an hour or so later).

OK, so it was mopped up, and no harm done, so it seemed until … we went downstairs and saw water dripping from the ceiling. Well, all it did was stain the ceiling — no falling through — just the orangey watermarks. First it showed on the ceiling and then on the soffet. No big deal. It was through dripping and the ceiling dried out. To the hardware store for a can of spray paint. That should do it. It did.

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Lifelines

Lifelines column: One Loose Nut

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It started out so simply. In trying to adjust the flush on the commode tank, a nut loosened and all the water from the tank flowed onto the upstairs bathroom floor (discovered an hour or so later).
OK, so it was mopped up, and no harm done, so it seemed until … we went downstairs and saw water dripping from the ceiling. Well, all it did was stain the ceiling — no falling through — just the orangey watermarks. First it showed on the ceiling and then on the soffet. No big deal. It was through dripping and the ceiling dried out. To the hardware store for a can of spray paint. That should do it. It did.

Not only did the ceiling get a spraying, so did the kitchen counters, the range, the refrigerator, the hanging cookware, the toaster oven, the sink and a wafting into the den, with a light coating of white on the floor.

Now I know what one little nut can create when it’s not doing its job. Does that remind you of the Scripture regarding the tongue?

David said in Psalm 39:1, “I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.”

James 3:2, 8 gives more advice.” For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body … But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

Paul speaks strong words against idle talkers, describing them as tattlers and busybodies in 1Timothy 5:13: “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.”

One wrong word cause such a series of events that can escalate to destroy reputations, careers, families and other relationships – just as that one little nut caused a series of destruction. Does anyone want to be guilty of the repercussions of idle words?

Ever play the party game of gossip when you were a kid? At the start of the line, one whispered a phrase into the ear of the next one and it was “repeated” until at the end, was entirely changed. True or false, the tongue can play havoc with people’s lives. Let’s agree to the words of David, “I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue …”

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