1, 2, 3, 4, 5… er… 10,000

abacusSometime over the weekend it happened. One of you probably did it but have not confessed. Was it you?

Astonishingly someone made my hit counter on the blog tick over to 10,000 hits! My flabber has never been so ghasted! It seems incredible to me that people have thought it might be worth paying 10,000 separate visits to see what rubbish I am spouting forth. If you are one of them, and by virtue of the fact that you are reading this, then you are, thank you, bless you and… why!!?? Haven’t you people got anything better to do?

This is not false humility. Honestly. I am genuinely surprised and flattered that this number visits have been paid to the Nukelear Fishing blog. Of course there is no way of knowing how many of those were people who had arrived by mistake. Perhaps some search engines have been directing people here because they think it is a website about fishing or nuclear physics. I guess those people won’t be staying very long!

We can never know the full impact of what we say or write. Words can be incredibly powerful – positively or negatively. It is possible to say something that we consider to be insignificant that really blesses and encourages someone else. It is also possible to say something inconsiderately that upsets or disappoints someone else.

When I was a child my parents had many maxims that they tried to get me to adopt. One was “Engage brain before opening mouth.” Now I realise how wise they were… It is said that when we are teenagers we knew that our parents knew nothing but it is incredible how much they learnt by the time we were 21!

It is my prayer that my reflections each day will help me walk closer as a follower of Jesus and be a better free sample of him to the people I meet. If I have written anything that has blessed or encouraged you on one of the 10,000+ visits then I am delighted. If I have upset you then I am sorry. 

The young couple invited their aged pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having. “Goat,” the little boy replied. 

“Goat?” replied the startled man of the cloth, “Are you sure about that?”

“Yep,” said the youngster. “I heard Dad say to Mum, ‘Might as well have the old goat for dinner today as any other day.'”

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