Place Your Buts?

No, that’t not a typo; I mean but!  When I add the word but to a declarative sentence, whatever came before but doesn’t count.  “She’s a very nice person, quite competent at her job, BUT…”  and then the gossip, the criticism and the mud throwing begins.  Or, “I would be in favor of the plan, but…”

I’ve been on committees and boards where a person’s name is suggested for a post and I’ve seen the the very “air” sucked out of the nomination with one strategically place but.  For little or no reason, a  but can besmirch a person’s reputation or hose a creative project that would have been a blessing to God’s people.  Scripture warns against “dousing the Spirit’s fire” in I Thessalonians 5:19.  It only takes one simple negative but. 

For what reasons do I but ideas and people?  To appear more intelligent, more knowledgeable or more important?  If I have a genuine concern regarding a plan, purpose, or a suggestion, I shouldn’t try to deceive myself or others by cloaking it in a pretense of approval.

There are good buts, and bad buts.  I’m not anti-buts, but learning where to place them is vital for a loving child of God.  A well-placed but of encouragement will do more for God’s people than all my buts of censure any day.  “But encourage one another daily…so that none of you will be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”  Hebrews 3:13 NIV

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