Monday, October 20, 2008

245. Do you have some Honey?

The preacher placed two identical containers on the table next to the pulpit. He quoted 1 Samuel 16:7 "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart"

These containers came from the same factory, were made of the same materials, and can hold the same amount. But they are different, he explained.

Then he shook one container and it oozed out honey. He turned over the other, and vinegar spilled out. When a container is upset, whatever is in it comes out. Until containers were upset, they looked alike. The difference was within, and could not be seen. When they were upset, their contents were revealed.

Until we are upset we put on a good front. But when we are upset, we reveal our innermost thoughts and attitudes.

If someone irritated you today, What would flow out ?? Would you reveal the "honey" of grace and patience, or the "vinegar" of anger and sarcasm ??

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude
of sins"
(1 Peter 4:8)

Have a terrific day knowing that the one who upsets you may be just
looking for some honey



  1. hey tats a niice thot..

    hmm I guess wats said is cumpletely tru

    hmmm in tat case tat person shuldn't make me upset he/she shud rather try to make me feel happy if he's looking for honey..


  2. Nice comparisons.
    Have a nice day :)

  3. Great post!

    I hv come across ppl who showed me their TRUE COLORS when they were upset with me...they brought out their real impressions abt me and it hurt.

    **If someone irritated you today, What would flow out ?? Would you reveal the "honey" of grace and patience, or the "vinegar" of anger and sarcasm ??

    If u read my today's post u'll see Im in PROGRESS. ;-)


  4. Beautiful thought! Perhaps, our real thing inside comes out only when we are upset, angry, frustrated....very true! A good thought to ponder over...:)

  5. nice...though I was expecting some sort of an activity!!:D

    SCribblers Inc.

  6. I think its equally important to bring out the vinegar too as much the honey side of you....and it better be honest at both times.
    If "God" has the right to launch his fury, so do the humans !

    A thoughtful post.

  7. awesome post dude...smthn hit me hard!!

  8. @chriz
    awwwwwwww *sniff* *sniff* shall i vent my vinegar of sarcasm and 'angst'?

  9. Putting up 'angelic' front when upset would be fake and the person might suffer from psychological disorder from suppressed emotions. Only sounds good in philosophical and ideological books :p

    When upset I'll spill the vinegar rather than being eaten away from inside by its acidic pH :P

  10. Hi Chriz. I saw your comment on my blog.. Keep coming back and then I have another blog which is! Do read that too!

  11. true true very true, i ve seen ppl who pretended to be full f honey and when disaster struck would throw up vinegar, and tht is terrible when aimed at you. let me try to be good and bring out the 'honey'

  12. waah waah waah!! post!! :)

  13. Awwh such a perfect post !

    **Have a terrific day knowing that the one who upsets you may be just
    looking for some honey

    I know that is so true this is one of my mantras for keeping me cool, but sometimes I lose sight of it for an instant and have to remind myself again.
    Like my uncle was so mad when I forgot his anniversary (comeon I don't even remember my parents:)
    and I felt so bad only to realise, that it was a) his way of expressing his love for me
    b) he probably was carrying some other anger and so I should not really get mad at myself !

    Cheers dude lovely post and so simply explained :)))

  14. Amazing. Something I learnt good..

  15. Touching. This post also made me really hungry.

  16. Such a nice thot...and put across so well...wonderful!

  17. Gonna remember this for the rest of my life sir.. Thanks a bunch for this lovely post!

  18. Nice Devotional Material here!
    Convicting also! Loved it!


  19. Nice thought.
    I always felt sympathetic at good educated people who would display road rash, and most often for some flimsy reasons like somebody cut across! They are willing to involved even the ancestors of the other driver!

  20. @pj
    i read this phrase somewhere.. expecting the world to be nice to u is like expecting a lion not to attack you just because you 're a vegetarian

    thank you very much girl

  21. @keshi
    so happy to see that you are making a progress towards the non violent way.. thats a sweet sign indeed. peace

    yes thats the point conveyed here.. thank you

  22. @scribblers
    haha yes activity stuff will be soon uploaded

    thank you ladeee

  23. @cinderella

    *If "God" has the right to launch his fury, so do the humans !*

    God launches his fury for reasons that we would not even decipher. We possibly could not equate ourselves with god.

    Yes this post was to help us look at patience in a whole new way

  24. @mayz
    yes .. it should have.. i have been seeing you upset cos someone has irritated you in the blogsphere.. chill man.. let not someone else change ur attitude.. you are way tooo nutty and humorous.. keep that spirit intact..

    you can.. your wish.. :) but why would you wanna do that

  25. @ stupidosaur
    when some one else try to irritate us, their main aim is to UPSET us. This is where we have to keep our calm and make the decision whether to keep our cool or to vent back...
    sounds philosophical and indeed quite tough to practise..

    but rest assured when we start practising, we surely will move people.. non- violence sounds very simple , but it indeed is a strong powerful weapon..

    it doesnot need much effort to get angry.. but it sure needs lot of strength and mental wil power to control and curb our anger..


  26. @mamta
    welkum to my page. hope you read this post..

  27. @vidya
    :) the purpose of this post is spread... am glad

  28. @multimenon
    thanks bro

    haha.. thanks girl.. good that this post struck a line

  29. @kiran

    dai saappaadu raaajaaa.. haha.. do come again da

  30. @illusion
    thank you very much

    you are absolutely welkum madam

  31. @NE
    yes true.. glory to god

    haha i hav come across those verbal abusers.. they are the best ones to encounter and practise this art of oozing honey

  32. I did not read the last line which talks about someone irritating me.

    I was talking about when I am upset. I beleive its best to vent it out. Suppressing is not good.

    And even when someone deliberately irritates me I'll be game and pay back in the same coin so that the person shuts up then and there. but those would not be my 'innermost thoughts and attitudes', just a response the situation demands, so that it does not weigh on my mind later on.

    Or sometimes 'let barking dogs bark' is good.

    Its situation dependent and I'll follow my instsincts at that time.

    Anyways since we are on analogies, lets continue.

    If a pot is filled with honey, but constantly hounded by bad bacteria, the sugar in honey will perhaps turn into vinegar Its natural. Bound to happen ;).

  33. cool...u can be serious too..!!
    wonderful post..!!

  34. once again i m reminding... u r becoming a inspirational writer ... successfully..

  35. @Stupidosaur:
    An eye for an eye will leave the world a blind place!
    The trick is not to get upset with others. Happiness, sadness, irritation, or for that matter any emotion is not externally dependant but at a person's control. Once you learn to control, you will never get irritated, upset, sad, etc.
    Think about it! :-)

  36. @salil,
    my point is, do not be a doormat.

  37. awesome work !

    PS: do have a look at my blog if possible:)


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