Our family was watching a video last week about predatory animals. One of the most interesting parts was about cannibalistic animals, that is, animals which eat their own kind. The most extreme example was a cannibalistic snake which has even been known to even eat itself.
I thought that snake was a perfect picture of how some people live. They spend so much of their time and energy biting at others they eventually become consumed with a bitter spirit, which ends up eating away and destroying their own soul.
Perhaps you aren’t as mean as a cannibalistic snake. But are you quicker to serve those in leadership or criticize them? Have you ever really taken inventory of how much time you give to others vs. how much time you spend doing what you want to do.
The Bible warns us against letting a root of bitterness defile us. Let’s heed that warning by serving, not slandering, our leaders, which is a much better way to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.