Thoughts: Some of us will remember the card game called Old Maid. Each player draws an unseen card from the hand of the player next to him. When you acquire a matching pair, you discard them. You hope never to draw the Old maid card, but if you do, you keep a carefully blank face and nonchalantly place the Old Maid card in your hand, so the unsuspecting player next to you may be lured with drawing it.
The picture on the Old Maid card showed an elderly lady with sparse gray hair scraped back from her face, and rimless glasses perched on her beaked nose.
My Aunt Mary was a typical old maid. She was fiercely independent and rigidly pure. Men were inferior, and she never missed a chance to say so. She knew practically every name mentioned in the Bible, and she could rattle off all 42 generations of Jesus’ earthly ancestry.
When she died, I wondered what the minister would choose for the text of his funeral service. His choice was “Study to show thyself approved unto God ….” It was exactly right.
Discussion: What is it important to study?
Activity: Choose a verse in the Bible that speaks to you and memorize it. Remember that “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)
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