Many people do things without thinking and then blame someone else for their mistakes. Thanks to the thoughtless majority (and partly because they want to avoid lawsuits), many companies have put extra-obvious warning labels on their products. Here are some examples: On some Swanson frozen dinners: “Serving suggestion: Defrost.” Printed on the bottom of Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert: “Do not turn upside down.” On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: “Product will be hot after heating.” On Boot’s Children’s Cough Medicine: “Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication.” On New Holland’s small tractors: “Avoid death.” On a Huebsch washing machine: “DO NOT put any person in this washer.” For a cell phone: “Do not dry your cell phone by putting it in a microwave oven.” On the website for Frankel’s Superman costumes: “This costume does not enable flight or super strength.”

Reading these labels may put a smile on our faces, but I hope it also causes us to think seriously about some of the things we tend to do without thinking: speaking negatively of people who don’t have as much or who are handicapped, refusing to befriend people of different races and cultures because of their skin color or ethnicity, comparing ourselves with other people, abusing our time while we are at work, or holding a grudge when people wrong us or mishandle a situation. Why do we do what we do? Is there a chapter and verse to back it up? If not, then maybe we ought to rethink the things we are doing.

We have many influences in our world today: family members, friends, and especially electronic media. The Word of God should be the only Guide for our attitudes and actions. Take some time to think on your ways, and see if you need to turn your feet unto God’s testimonies. If there isn’t a chapter and verse on it, then you had better rethink it.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder