June 21 – Do Not Bless Too Early or Too Loudly

Have you ever heard the saying, “too much of a good thing is not a good thing”?  Well, Proverbs 27 says that too loud of a good thing (especially before noon) is not a good thing.   If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.  I learned this wise saying when we began our married life in an apartment in 1989 in Dallas.  Our upstairs neighbor played the drums and even though he was part of a Christian band, when we heard the creative sounds from his drums too early in the morning (or late at night) it did not fall upon us like a blessing!  A few years later we moved into our next apartment with three babies under three years old.  I have a feeling that our “little blessings” who cried at various times of the day and night might not have always been a sweet sound to our new neighbors’ ears.  But still, it is good to share goodness, so go ahead and bless your neighbors, just not too early or too loudly!

Proverbs 27:14 NIV