Mockery Week: Thanks for Leaving!

“Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.” (Proverbs 29:8)

“Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.” (Proverbs 22:10)

Want to be this guy? Want to be the person who spreads joy by leaving the room? That makes peace by not showing up? That unites enemies by getting out of town?

mock_350It’s not hard. Just get your mock on and go to it. Make friends by putting other people down. Then make friends with those people by ridiculing the first group. Soon, you’ll be friends with everyone and nobody will be friends with anyone else. You’ll feel smart and special.

The downside is that you’ll eventually have to leave. People will begin to catch on that you’re the poison in the relationship pool. They’ll want you gone. But what’s so hard about starting over with another school or church or sports team? It’s what good mockers do.

Think: Have you ever known anyone like this? Ever been anyone like this? How do people “drive out” a mocker? How can a mocker stop being a mocker?

Pray: Ask God to help you to be wise and pass up every opportunity to be a mocker. Ask him to help you to bring peace to your group of friends instead of bringing disagreements.

Do: Pay attention this week for anyone who seems to make a room a happier place by leaving it. Would you call that person a mocker? Can you do anything to help that person become an unmocker?