Your In-Laws (Proverbs 27:2)

“You’re always criticizing me and my family! I am sick and tired of it! Just once, I would like you to say something nice about me and my family!”

The wife thought for a second, smiled, and said, “The only good thing I can say about you and your family is that your in-laws are better than my in-laws!”

The husband smugly smiled. “Well, at least you admit it! WAIT A MINUTE!”

Many years ago, I read this humorous exchange between a disgruntled husband and wife. 

It reminded me of an experience I had with a vendor for one of my laboratories. There was not a day that passed when my laboratory manager and other supervisors complained about their lack of service and incompetence. Unfortunately we had signed a contract with them that did not terminate for a few more months. If we terminated early, we would pay a hefty fee. There was nothing praiseworthy to state. The only option was to praise the vendor for showing us what NOT to do. 

Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—a stranger, not your own lips. 

Proverbs 27:2 (NLT)

Letting someone else praise you is excellent advice. However, be wary when your spouse praises your in-laws rather than their own!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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