A shy young man fell in love, but he was utterly tongue-tied whenever he was with the girl. A friend offered some advice: “Just memorize some great lines, expressing your total admiration. Something like, ‘When I see your face, time stands still.’”
It made sense, so for weeks the young man practiced: “When I see your face, time stands still.” Finally he was ready. He took her to a romantic restaurant. The lights were low. His eyes met hers and he said, “When I see your face, I, time, uh…” He couldn’t remember the words. Again he tried, “Mary, When I see your face, I, er, I mean …” Now he was totally flustered, so in desperation he blurted out, “Mary, your face could stop a clock.”
Source | Dennis R. Clark, Sunday Morning Food for the Soul
(The Church of the Nativity, 1999) page 90
There’s a part of us that’s a little sad when we hear a story like that, because it reminds us of all the things, large and small, that we’re still struggling to get right. “After all this time,” we say to ourselves, “I’m still stumbling at the same old places in the road. Same old places. Same old cuts and bruises!”
Have you ever meant to say something that didn’t come out just the way you wanted it to?
“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” | Colossians 4:6