By Harold Klemp
An ECKist went to lunch with a friend. During lunch the man told the ECKist a funny joke about a fat couple he had happened to see sitting next to him in another restaurant. The ECKist went away from the lunch meeting thinking that it was a really funny story. And he filed it away to pass on later.
That evening, the ECKist was at a Chinese restaurant with a business associate. When they finished their meal, the waitress brought the check with two fortune cookies. Just as the ECKist started to break open his fortune cookie, a large couple came into the restaurant and were seated at the next booth. The couple reminded him of the people in the funny story he had heard earlier.
While the ECKist was breaking open his fortune cookie, he leaned over to his friend. “I heard the funniest story today,” he whispered, and he began telling the story about the fat couple to his friend.
Pausing to give effect to the punch line, he happened to glance down at the message inside his fortune cookie: “When one speaks only good about others, there is no need to whisper,” the slip of paper said.
This is an example of the Golden-tongued Wisdom. When the ECKist saw the fortune, he knew right away that the ECK, or Holy Spirt, was giving him a very direct message: Be advised, think again. If you’re speaking good, why whisper?
His friend urged him, “Go on with the story; I want to hear it.” But the ECKist said, “No, I’d rather not,” and showed him the fortune. “I don’t think I want to hear it now,” laughed the man.
When you’re walking your own path to God, you often recognize the message of truth that is given to you. You take the kernel of truth, and you go on. You may not understand the full impact of the message at that point, but likely as not, it’ll come into your consciousness a couple of weeks later, and it will build upon some other experience where you forgot again.
Excerpted from Stories to Help You See God in Your Life, ECK Parables, Book 4.
A Spiritual Exercise for You to Try
During the day, each time you find yourself criticizing someone else about anything, stop. Look at yourself very gently, without criticism. Ask, “Is it possible that I am the person I have been criticizing?”
Sing, or chant, the word ECK, which purges from the mind the dross of ignorance.
Maybe you thought you were criticizing your friend, but you are really criticizing yourself.
When you realize this, you can take a lot of the potholes out of the road back to God.