Shortages

 

“There sure seems to be a shortage of common sense nowadays.”

No, that didn’t come from Grandpa.  I heard it yesterday from a 22-year-old; he added that the problem is a lack of core values in the home.  What followed was a good discussion (after somebody lifted my jaw back into its socket).

My young friend is right.  But Solomon was also correct: “There’s nothing new under the sun.”  Voltaire said it in 1764: “Common sense is not so common.”

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COMMON SENSE

C-oncrete
O-bservations
M-ade
M-ostly
O-ver
N-onsense

S-een
E-veryday
N-onetheless
S-omewehat
E-vaded

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Another one on the endangered list: Patience.

PATIENCE

P-utting
A-side
T-ouchiness
I-rritation
E-nvy
N-egativity
C-rankiness
E-gotism

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And a chronic shortage of forgiveness:

FORGIVENESS

F-inal
O-ver
R-enonciled
G-ift
I-nstant
V-ine and branches
E-qualizer
N-ot Conditional
E-verything
S-upernatural
S-avior

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I dare say people are missing out on peace:

PEACE

P-lacing
E-very
A-chievement in
C-hrist’s
E-lection

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We all see a serious lack of understanding.

UNDERSTANDING

U-sing the
N-oggin;
D-eeply
E-valuating;
R-eady to
S-tudy;
T-aking in
A-nswers;
N-ecessary
D-ecisions;
I-nvolved in
N-egotiations;
G-raciousness.

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Finally, what the world needs now is compassion:

COMPASSION

C-are
O-utreach
M-aterials
P-araclete
A-ssistance
S-alt
S-helter
I-mpact
O-penness
N-ecessities

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