By Joe Davis
Proverbs 29:20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Hockey Chat: Carlton "Mac" McDiarmid, a long-time goal judge at the Montreal Forum, recalls one of his first NHL games in the early 1970s. When a Toronto Maple Leaf player wound up to take a slap shot at his net, he excitedly, and prematurely, signaled a goal. The puck was stopped by the net minder. Referee Andy Van Hellemond came up to him between periods to offer him some sound goal-judge advice. "He said, 'Look, Mac, it's better to be a second late than a second early.' "
Life Lesson: Words spoken in haste can last forever. Taking a second to review the situation and rethink how to get our point across can be the much more effective and much less damaging. This proverb was a great lesson passed down that we easily hear but hardly practice. Say a little prayer to God for extra help with this one.