In the Pharmacy, a young boy came up to the counter and began
taking bottles off the shelf and lining them up methodically on the floor.

The pharmacist saw him and yelled, “BOY! PUT THOSE BACK!”

The young boy just kept removing bottles and lining them on the floor.

The pharmacist approached him and yelled again, “BOY! I SAID

Just then a young girl came around the corner.
She walked over to the boy, hugged him and whispered to him.

The young boy started putting the bottles back!

The pharmacist asked, “How did you do that?”

She said, “He’s my little brother. He responds better to quiet tones
than to harsh critical tones.”

1 Kings 19:2-8
2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying,
So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life
as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and
came to Beer-sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his
servant there.
4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness,
and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested
for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD,
take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an
angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the
coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink,
and laid him down again.
7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time,
and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey
is too great for thee.
8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength
of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

Light from the Word.

Elijah had just completed his greatest accomplishment.
Yet when the queen threatened his life, he ran like a coward
and requested to die!

God could have sent a loud voice from heaven and sharply rebuked
But, instead, He sent an angel to “touch” him!
He also provided food and drink!

As a result, Elijah was greatly encouraged!
He went on with his work for a long time!

Harsh criticism usually invokes rebelliousness.
But, loving kindness will invoke energetic action.

When fellow Christians fail,

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce