Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

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Here’s a fun verse to talk about with your kids (and maybe give them a lesson about laziness at the same time).

Now, as we’re in mid-summer and a lot of us are having cookouts and campfires or just enjoying backyard firepits — we’ve all experienced those moments when the wind changes and the smoke suddenly filters into our eyes. burning them and usually making us jump up and move.

Did you know there’s a verse about that?

Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him. (Proverbs 10:26)

The writer is talking about the employer, the manager … or the parent who has given the employee, worker … or child a job to do, but the job is NOT getting done. The job-doer is lazy. “This,” says the writer of Proverbs, “is at bad as vinegar to the teeth (which wears away enamel) or as bad as smoke in one’s eyes.”

So the next time your children complain about smoke in their eyes, remind them that it’s as irritating as when you ask them to weed the flowerbed and they end up throwing a tennis ball against the house instead of pulling out any plant invaders. Or you ask them to clean their room and they simply stuff everything under the bed.

Or when you see then doing something other than the task you gave them, you could say, “Get the smoke out of your eyes.”

Interesting illustration.

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