Squeeze! – Don’t Jerk!

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Simple Truth| Here’s a point of view that we all need to take heed of these days. This point of view is more than just a point of view, it could even be said that it is a life-saving point of view and even a sin-saving point of view. Squeeze Don’t Jerk was written by someone who came out of the old days and out of slower days – these days with the computer highway and everyone racing down that highway with no speed limit and no safety belts on are dangerous days, they are sped up days and information overload days. People need to slow themselves down a lot more and think things through a lot more and not only think things through a lot more but pray their way through a lot more. We all need to stop or at least slow down, look and listen to God, listen to what our conscience is telling us, and operate more under a sound mind and not in a sped up information overload mind. So here’s “Squeeze Don’t Jerk”, straight out of the old days – even back then it could be said that the world was sped up but not as sped up as it is now – Squeeze don’t jerk!

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 Father David

 THERE IS HARDLY ANYTHING THAT CAN BE ENJOYED IN A HURRY! —a glass of wine, a walk, a talk, a ride, a view, a meal‚ or an embrace! God is hardly ever in a hurry! It takes Him time to make a baby, a flower, a tree, a sunset—or even a blade of grass. He is hardly ever in a hurry —unless He is angry! He hardly ever does anything suddenly—but Judgment!

IT’S A FUNNY THING, BUT THOUGHTS LIKE THIS USED TO COME TO ME WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY SITTING ON THE HILL. I used to think and wonder what everything meant—that it was all an illustration of something—everything said something!

THE SEA IS ALWAYS PEACEFUL and quiet and slow and leisurely, except when there’s a storm.

SPEED KILLS. HASTE MAKES WASTE. PATIENCE TAKES FAITH. If you’re in a hurry, you miss things, lose things, forget things‚ and wear out quickly. You live it up, but you might not be able to live it down. You marry in haste‚ but repent at leisure! You save a minute, but lose a life! You are penny–wise, but pound foolish.

IF YOU GO SLOW, YOU GET THERE QUICKER—AT LEAST YOU GET THERE. Better late than never—Better safe than sorry! If you stop to look before you leap, you may not have to leap at all! A miss is as good as a mile! It takes time to aim straight.

IN THE ARMY WE HAD TARGETS THAT MOVED‚ or were there just for a moment and then disappeared. Some of the boys were in such a hurry to shoot, for fear it would disappear, they missed it all together. But I waited until I was sure I could hit the bulls eye and made “sharpshooter”—an expert rifleman with nine out of ten in competition! Some were in such a hurry they got so excited their rifles waved around and they jerked the trigger so quick it jerked the whole rifle and caused them to miss the mark! Sin is missing the mark! I took time to rest my elbow firmly, hold my rifle securely, aim accurately, and squeeze the trigger slowly! Squeeze—don’t jerk—or you’ll miss something! Rome wasn’t built in a day! The Lord told me once it takes time to build a house! Once when I was in a big hurry to do something, to know something, to make a decision, He said, “First, you must lay the foundation solidly, then lay brick upon brick and stone upon stone firmly with mortar, each piece fitting accurately; and you cannot do this in a hurry—or you’ll have a wall that will crumble. Then, over all‚ the roof must be laid securely, beam upon beam, rafter upon rafter, tile upon tile. Then come the plasterers; then the painters; and finally the finishers, hanging windows and doors, placing ceilings and floors, and then at last, you have a building fitly joined together—a beautiful sight to see—a well-made structure built slowly and well to last!”

BUT I’VE SEEN SOME BUILDINGS THROWN UP IN A HURRY, AS SOME CROOKED CONTRACTORS USED TO JOKE: “Long enough to get out of them before they fall.”—and it was this kind that collapsed in the storm and slew its occupants! I saw thousands of these demolished in the Great Miami Hurricane—thousands of people were killed by faulty hastily built construction which could not stand the wind of adversity.

YOU CAN HAVE PEACE EVEN IN THE MIDST OF STORM, if you know you are secure and at rest in a safe building—strong, solid, well–built, unmoved by the wildest gale. A good building doesn’t get up and run away—it’s not blown away by the storm—it just sits tight until it blows over!

WE WERE IN A HURRY TO GET HOME TO DO OUR WORK—our writing—but instead we sat down here on this lovely rock wall by a busy street to enjoy the view for a moment—when we got this inspiration.

WHILE SITTING HERE, A LARGE GROUP OF YOUNG SABRA CHILDREN OF GRADE SCHOOL AGE STOPPED CURIOUSLY TO ASK WHO WE WERE‚ where we were from, what we were doing, and to eagerly give us their names, and chat in their broken English, and ask how we like Israel. We said, “Israel is beautiful‚ you are beautiful‚ the weather is beautiful, and God is beautiful‚” and they smiled and laughed and were pleased and bade us a cheery good-bye, as the couple dozen of them moved on. If we had been in a hurry and had not taken time to sit down to enjoy the view, we would have missed this interesting experience of the charming, warm, friendliness of these young Israelis.

THE WICKED HASTETH TO SIN WITH HIS TONGUE—and with his feet—and with his hands! But we are to wait upon the Lord! He that waits upon the Lord shall renew his strength—instead of wearing out! “Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee.” “They that believe have entered into rest.”—”He giveth His beloved rest!”

REST IN THE LORD! Patience takes faith. Tribulation worketh patience—because it compels you to trust the Lord—to have faith in God for the outcome!

THE WICKED ARE LIKE THE TROUBLED SEA WHEN IT CANNOT REST. “There is no rest, saith my God, for the wicked.” They are tossed to and fro and they cannot rest. No rest for the wicked!

“BUT THERE REMAINETH A REST FOR THE CHILDREN OF GOD!”

SQUEEZE!—DON’T JERK—OR YOU’LL MISS SOMETHING—and missing the mark of God is sin!

WHEN MOSES WAS IN A HURRY TO DELIVER THE CHILDREN OF GOD, HE KILLED THE EGYPTIAN and had to flee alone for his own life only, but after 40 years of patiently, humbly, tending sheep in the wilderness, with time to listen to the Voice of God instead of his own impulses, he was ready for the slow‚ laborious, patient work of the Exodus—slow, but sure!

THE HARE NEVER MADE IT, BUT THE TORTOISE DID!

THEN 40 DAYS AND NIGHTS ON THE MOUNTAIN AND HE HEARD FROM GOD‚ but in one split second of anger, he broke all Ten Commandments and lost the whole thing, and had to go back and spend another 40 days; his haste took him twice as long.

MY WIFE USED TO SAY TO ME on the way to some meeting or appointment, “Now, honey, we don’t have time for any of your shortcuts,” because she knew what usually happened when I started cutting across country trying to find a quicker way: We usually got lost entirely and wound up later than ever!

SQUEEZE—DON’T JERK—OR YOU’LL MISS THE MARK—AND THAT’S SIN.

SOMETIMES MY WIFE GETS VERY IMPATIENT WITH ME, because I don’t answer her immediately when she asks me a question; but it takes time to think and pray, to be sure you give the right answer. Anybody can shoot off his mouth immediately, but is he really saying anything? Be slow to speak and slow to anger. Go slow—take your time—you’ll enjoy it more—even love-making! You’ll get more out of life.

MY FATHER USED TO SING A LITTLE DITTY: “Never let yourself get worried, hurried, or flurried‚ or else you’ll find yourself getting harried, married, or buried.”

SQUEEZE—DON’T JERK—OR YOU’LL MISS THE MARK—AND THAT’S A SIN!

“GO TO THE ANT, THOU SLUGGARD”—but it takes time even to study the busy little antics of the ant, to learn anything from him. “Be thou not slothful, but diligent in business”—the sloth hangs there all day on the limb with his eyes shut, sleeping—scarcely moving, till he looks like part of the tree. He’s not just slow—he acts like he’s dead!

WHEN ON THE FIRING LINE, I WAS NEITHER HASTY NOR DID I FORGET TO FIRE ALTOGETHER, but I took reasonable time to aim straight and squeeze, not jerk!

“BE TEMPERATE IN ALL THINGS.—Let your moderation be known to all men!” Don’t run too fast‚ lest you stumble, and don’t just sit there; Do something, but walk circumspectly!

SQUEEZE—DON’T JERK—OR YOU MAY MISS THE MARK—AND THAT’S A SIN!

 

 

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2 Responses to Squeeze! – Don’t Jerk!

  1. If I had of taken this advice 10 years ago and actually implemented it; life would be a lot easier and enjoyable. Unfortunately my habit of speaking too soon and not thinking about what I say has cost me a lot, and it has also hurt a lot of decent people. I guess all you can do is learn from your mistakes and try to do the right thing next time, and part of that process is slowing down and thinking before you speak as stated in the article. As I look back on my life there were many times I spoke too soon and I hurt a lot of good people, I guess we don’t realize how dangerous our tongues are until we see the aftermath of our mistakes. A tongue has the power to create life or death and if we don’t think before we speak we can get ourselves in a lot of trouble. Thanks for posting an informative and helpful article. Hopefully I can take on board the advice and actually implement it in my life. God bless you folks for sharing.

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    • I like your honesty, humility is so lacking these days. We should all remember our former state and that it is only sinners who come to Jesus. To be a sinner is to realise that you need God, you need him so badly and so desperately and if you’ve learnt anything in the past then it is to hate this world, to hate all the flesh has to offer and to come to the realisation that in my flesh dwelleth no good thing – that should be true of all of us because it is out of this that we all came to Jesus in that our own arm could not save us, only His arm could. Jesus also tells us to take a lesson from the serpent, the serpent was wiser than any other creature and is an example of going slowly and subtly through life so Jesus said we should be wise as servants but unlike the serpent, we should be as harmless as doves. We just have to learn to be not like the serpent but take a lesson out of his book as far as going slow goes and dealing with things delicately if need be, but in all of this we should be as harmless as doves. Stay strong in Jesus Terry – as speaking from a lowly estate and not a higher estate!

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