“Secondhand Smoke” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – November 10

Psalm 108:1-13   A Rum Cake Of A Psalm   A Lament By David

Proverbs 27:12  Secondhand Smoke

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A few years ago, I was in line to wait to meet a Vice Presidential candidate.  I got in a discussion with the guy behind me and he brought up a very interesting idea.  He said that people, when they vote, they rarely take into consideration “second-hand effects.”

One example would be something like second-hand smoke.  You might eat healthy, exercise, and watch your weight.  But if you live with someone who smokes like a chimney, you might still get cancer of the lungs.  It happens.

In the same way, you might be voting for someone whom you think is looking out for your benefit.  That person might promise to secure better insurance or better wages for you.  What most people don’t think about is what will happen if you get that insurance or better wage.  It might be too much of a burden on the national economy.  The country might collapse under the weight of that kind of debt.  And then you might end up without a job and, certainly, without insurance.

But the same applies to whatever decisions you make.  In school in radio, we were taught to “back-time.”  We had to figure out how we could start the news, for example, at the top of the hour.  To do that we had to think what we would broadcast so it would time out right at the beginning of the hour.  We had to think ahead to “back-time.”

Whatever you do in life, it’s a good policy to think ahead.

Beware what you may be smoking.

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