Approximately six years ago, a kind woman in our church family passed down to us an eight-foot tall blow-up yard Santa. Ever since then, Santa has stood tall in the
the Christmas season. After eating lunch
one day, I backed out of my driveway and pulled up to the stop sign on the east
side of our home. As I rolled past the
sign, I heard a huge boom. It totally
mimicked the percussion of a 12-gauge scattergun! The blow startled me in such a way that I
stopped the car and looked around to see if I could determine its origin. When I looked over my left shoulder, I
immediately noticed that Santa was going down.
My first thought was “Santa’s down!”
What kind of sicko would shoot my yard Santa? Hudson
As Santa slipped to the ground, I threw the car into reverse and returned to my driveway. When I got out of my car, I noticed that the electricity was off at my home. That is when I realized that the transformer had blown down the alley from our storage building. Santa was not taken down in a blaze of glory, but had just lost power. I felt like an idiot. My initial thought was an erroneous assumption. I got all lathered up for nothing.
What does the Bible say about jumping to conclusions? In Proverbs 18:2 Solomon wrote, “A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.” Let me ‘Artie that up’ for you a little bit. It is foolish to speak your mind without first gaining understanding. I constantly remind myself that my fleshly heart is proud, so I must humble myself and investigate the facts before I shoot off my expert mouth. Save your self some frustration and pain and investigate the facts before you plunge into an assumption.