May 17, 2012
My dad (Robert Hovind 1920-1993) was an electrical engineer for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria for many years. He was a VERY smart man! In addition to his brilliant mind, Dad possessed enormous amounts of common sense. He often had great words of practical wisdom for me as I brought him my problems. I was scanning channels a few weeks ago and heard a song called “I hear voices.” Hmmmm… me, too, a voice from the past—my Dad’s!
One day as a young man, some kids were talking badly about me behind my back. I went to my dad, and the following is the gist of our conversation, a great example of Dad’s wisdom.
“Son, you say a few kids are saying bad things about you behind your back at school and this hurts you? Let me try to put this in perspective for you. As I see it there are four kinds of people in the world. Let’s see which kind of people they are and what kind of person you want to be.
1. Great people with great minds.
These people spend their time thinking about and talking about ideas, concepts, plans, goals, and dreams. These people change the world! Be one of those.
2. Average people with average minds.
These people spend their time thinking about and talking about events. What’s for lunch? What movie is showing this week? Who won the game? Did you get a deer last week? Have you heard about the tornado in Alabama? Have you seen the new Vet!? Who will care in 1,000 years?!
3. Weak people with weak minds.
These people spend their time thinking about and talking about other people. Who is the best golfer? Who is the best quarterback? Who got a raise at work?
4. Evil people with evil minds.
These people spend their time talking about other people behind their back where they can’t defend themselves. Did you notice so and so showed up late again? Did you see that awful dress Sally was wearing? What do you think about the birthday gift she gave him? He really thinks he is something, doesn’t he?
Son, these people talk about you till you enter the room and then they start again when you leave; but, while you are there they will pretend they are your friend and smile and be nice and kind. They are hypocrites, son. Jesus warned us about them in Matthew 7:15. They are foolish and evil. They will accomplish nothing with their lives and will prevent you from accomplishing anything of value as well if you spend time with them or let them get to you. Avoid them, son. Forget them and walk away. (Proverbs 14:7).
It is not even worth trying to point out their problem to them. If you tell a pig he stinks he will do five things:
B. He won’t understand the problem.
C. If he does understand the situation, he won’t see it as a problem.
D. He won’t be glad you told him about it.
E. Finally, he’ll get mad at you for telling him. Save your breath!
Be a great person, Son.
Now, let’s hear more about that idea you had the other day…”
Hmmmm… Matthew 6:33