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Canberra, Australia —The house was dark and quiet when I woke up to the sound of rain. Joel was still deep in sleep. I carefully slid out of bed, put on my faithful worn jumper and tiptoed into the kitchen. The gentleness of the morning lingered in the air, and I breathed in the fragrance of the coffee, rich and dark.
Mink Gough | In The WordI wrapped my hands around the cup, and I sat, still, dwelling in this moment of peace and quietness.
We live in a fast-paced, microwave-it society. Everything is just a click away. We are wired and equipped to do multiple things at the same time — talking to someone while watching the news on TV and replying to a text message on the phone.
Digital technology has benefits. What would Joel and I have done during the months apart if the only way to communicate was snail mail? How would I keep in touch with my family in Thailand through real-time, face-to-face conversation without Skype or Facetime?
James wrote his letter to Jewish followers of Christ who were dispersed among Gentiles. In the midst of troubles and challenging circumstances, he instructed followers of Christ to live lives that reflect the glory of God. Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger.
Truth needs to be proclaimed. But often what we speak isn’t truth. Christ did not die so we can battle in wars of words. He died so we can be reconciled to God. He died so we can live as a witness of his love. If what we say is not edifying the body of Christ, perhaps we should take a vow of silence for a break.
A friend of mine once said to me, “Mink, I look forward to the time when we are old, when we both will sit on rocking chairs with a cup of tea in our hands and recall all the things we have done in our lives.”
I still remember his words. They paint a picture of simplicity and of peace.
They will remember our deeds.
MINK GOUGH, a native of Thailand, is a graduate of the South Pacific Bible College in New Zealand. Her husband, Joel, is a minister for the Canberra Church of Christ in Australia.
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