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6/6/2020 12:11:00 AM
Working On My Last Nerve

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

I overheard my wife talking to our cat a few days ago, and apparently the conversation was quickly degrading from cordial to combative.

Since my cat cannot communicate with words, he lets his actions speak for him. He loves to turn over his water bowl, throw sand out of his litter box as if he were digging for a lost treasure, and he loves to attack you from behind to bite the back of your leg.

It seems that no matter what you do for him, he takes it the wrong way. If you try to pet him, he thinks you are starting a fight, and he loves a fight. If you let him outside, he wants inside, and if he is inside, he wants outside. The only thing in the whole house our cat likes is the ice machine on the refrigerator.

When we use it, he will come running and expect you to let the ice hit the floor so he can bat it around the kitchen. It seems like you just can’t please him. It is like living with a teenager who has an entitled attitude.

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A few days ago, my wife and the cat where having that altercation over something, and my wife said, “Mordecai, you are working on my last nerve!”

I began to consider her words and I asked myself how many nerves are in the human body. I looked up the question on Goggle and discovered that the human body has over seven trillion nerves! How about that, it only took being married to me 36 years, having four children, and 10 grandchildren, to consume six trillion, 999, 999 billion nerves for a cat to get her last one! I wanted to ask her if her last nerve was a good one or a bad one, but I felt it would be better for me not to say anything. If I had to guess, she would have said it was a bad nerve. I believe I was right.

Over the past few months of, “Shelter in Place,” most of us probably feel we are down to just a few nerves left before we start arguing with a cat and cross the mental border into, “LaLa Land.” To make matters worse, the situation in our country regarding social injustice and the demonstrations, that have turned violent and destructive, have left us mentally “rung out.”

First, we need to do a better job respecting each other regardless of race, creed, or gender. A person who doesn’t respect another person doesn’t respect himself. If you have hatred in your heart, then you have a bigger problem than you realize.

Second, if you think destroying someone else’s property or condoning this behavior makes the situation better, you really have a serious problem.

Third, if you judge an entire group of people by the actions of a few people in that group, you are in real bad shape.

All the marching, training, and protests will never eliminate evil. Bad people will always be with us until the end of time. We must handle evil in a quick fashion, and never give the appearance that we will tolerate it when it rears its ugly head.

I don’t believe America is on its last leg, last lap, or last nerve. I believe America can be stronger because of these ugly scenes in our recent past, and learn positive things from them. I pray that Americans will act like Americans, and we will treat each other with the love and respect that we all want. It starts with you.

Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Pray this prayer everyday for the rest of your life and watch what God can do! May your last nerve be your best nerve.

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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