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Right is Right; Wrong is Wrong

Good morning. It is Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

I learned three things last week:

The plant I have called Soap Plant all my life is Wild Lilac (or Deer Bush) The Blackberries that have been growing by leaps and bounds on my property is mostly Poison Oak.

And if I click the "unlock" button on my key fob twice, holding it down on the second click, it will roll down all my windows at once.

The latter I just learned on Sunday when my son came over to BBQ. We had gone to the grocery store and when we walked out, his windows were down. I said, "I thought you locked your car." He replied, "I did." But your windows are down. He then explained the key fob trick. I had no idea.

Knowledge is a beautiful thing.

Wild Lilac does not smell good like regular Lilac. In fact, it was a bit stinky when I put my nose to one on my property over the weekend. But I read they are great pollinators :)

Knowledge. It's a beautiful thing.

The blackberry vines are growing very quickly, some are even forming blossoms, but I would say 90% of what I am looking at is Poison Oak. They are growing side by side and I did not know that until I took a walk on Sunday and got close to the vegetation. I was shocked. I could not believe what I was seeing. From a distance it all looked like Blackberry vines. I had dreams of Blackberry Cobbler, Blackberry pancakes and enough Blackberries to freeze and to share. I was wrong.

Knowledge. It's a beautiful thing.

"To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth..." - Proverbs 1

We can go all our life believing something to be true and still be wrong. We can tell others about our beliefs, and tell it with conviction, but still be wrong. We can be certain of a memory from our childhood or years-gone-by, and still be wrong.

If I am wrong, I want to know it.

When I was training to be in radio, Big Jim was my teacher. He was good. He was patient, but he demanded perfection.

I thought I was a good speaker. I thought I had good diction and proper grammar. I was wrong, and no one knew that better than Big Jim. He was constantly correcting me; and I liked it. I do not want to be wrong.

Just some of the things I learned under Big Jim's tutelage:

For not fer

Your not yer

News (like mews not like snooze)

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday not Sundee, Mondee, Tuesdee, Wednesdee, Thursdee, Fridee, etc.

Many not minny

Hundred not hunderd

Vegetable has 4 syllables; most people use 3

Comfortable has 4 syllables; most people use 3

Veteran has 3 syllables; most people use 2

Veterinarian has 6 syllables; most people use 5...

OH! The list goes on and on.

Even after I passed the Big Jim School of Broadcasting (as we fondly called it) and was on-air, if he heard me mispronounce something, he would walk straight into the studio and correct me; and I liked it that way.

I learned not everyone embraces the idea of correction like I did. Never was that more apparent than when I became Program Director. I learned most people do not want to be corrected. Most people do not want to be told they are wrong.

Proverbs 19:2

"Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way."

We must have a willing spirit to learn and be corrected. If we stubbornly go through life with the attitude of "I know everything" we will miss out on so much, mostly the chance to know the truth. It behooves none of us to walk in blindness.

"...Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." - Proverbs 1 ESV

Keep your eyes on Jesus and keep your heart open to correction.

Psalm 32:8 "ESV "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you."

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