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What Paula Deen Can Teach Us All

If you have paid attention to the media over the last week or so, you have heard about the Paula Deen situation. My aim here is not to drag her through the mud. There are plenty of others who have or will take it upon themselves to do that. Instead, what I want to do is examine what we can learn about ourselves through this event.

Paula Deen made careless statements that revealed her heart and who she was. That is extremely sad as this will basically ruin her public career. I’m not sure she will ever recover, though it hasn’t seemed to hurt her restaurant in Savannah, GA.

There are two reasons why what Paula Deen said shouldn’t surprise us. Jesus said that what enters the mouth doesn’t defile the person, but what proceeds out of the mouth. In other words, what we say reveals what is in our hearts. So, it’s not a new idea that Paul Deen would show us what she is all about. This is an ancient thought that we can all relate to.

Do you want to know what someone is like? Follow them around and listen to them for a while. You will eventually know what that person is all about just by hearing what they have to say.

James tells us that if anyone thinks themselves religious, yet does not bridle his tongue, his heart is deceived. Paula, like many of us, had probably deceived herself into thinking there was nothing wrong with her thoughts and what she said.

James goes on to tell us that like a bit in a horse’s mouth or a rudder on a ship, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it does great things. The tongue will steer or direct us. He says that the forest is set on fire by a small flame. And he picks up on what Jesus says by saying that the tongue defiles the entire body.

Our words are powerful. Paula Deen has found that out. Her reputation and brand has been damaged. What can we learn from this?

First, we should examine our heart. Our attitudes and beliefs will come out. They will be revealed in some way, even to those we try to hide them from. Take an inventory. Make sure you know what you believe.

Second, what do we do with those like Paul Deen, who have landed on the wrong side of these issues? How do we help them? We can choose to revile them or we can engage them with love. Do we want them to change? What will change them the most? Loving them through their flaws, even those that might disgust us.

We can learn some invaluable lessons thought the Paula Deen situation.

What might you learn from the mistakes Paula Deen made?

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  1. June 26, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I really can’t comment on this Larry since I pay no attention to things like this. All I have heard about is something she was admits to saying 20 years ago. if that is it…come on people! All in all though she deserves the same forgiveness we all do.

    • June 26, 2013 at 5:19 am

      I think it goes a little deeper than that, Bill. That’s been the focus. She also wanted some restaurant help to be portrayed as slaves at an event.

  2. philsname32
    June 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Honestly haven’t seen much about it; though I’m aware of the situation. It’s a sad deal and a good reminder to examine what we have inside of us. I definitely don’t want anything unbecoming or hurtful to others inside myself.

  3. June 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I don’t pay attention to that either. Greg told me about it today and all I could think about was the fact that Oprah was on her show last year 🙂

  1. June 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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