The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 8, 2014

We can all become a little nicer

Keeping The Faith column

By Bev Davis

— Editor’s note: This column by the late Bev Davis originally was published June 10, 2005. Davis passed away Aug. 1, 2010, of a sudden illness.

The following pearls of wisdom came to me this week through a friend’s e-mail. I think you’ll find many of them useful reminders of how we can all become a little nicer to be around each day.

- Daily prayer: Please God, put Your arms around my shoulders and Your hand over my mouth.

- Many people will walk in and out of your life. Only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

- To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.

- If anyone betrays you once, it is his fault. If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

- Anger is only one letter short of danger.

- Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

- He who loses money, loses much. He who loses a friend, loses much more. He who loses faith, loses all.

- Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

- Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.

- When the heart is right, the feet are swift.


Sometimes we choose the crowd and its pleasures over better options. The moral of this little story is quite evident.

A spider built a beautiful web in an old house. She kept it impeccably clean and shiny so that flies would patronize it. The minute she got a customer, the spider would clean up immediately so the other flies would not get suspicious.

Then, one day, a fairly intelligent fly came buzzing by the clean spider web. “Come in and sit a spell,” the spider called in her most inviting voice. But the intelligent fly said, “No, ma’am. I don’t see other flies in your house, so I’m not coming in there alone.”

Shortly after, the fly looked down and saw a large crowd of flies dancing around on a piece of brown paper. He was delighted. There was certainly nothing to fear if lots of flies were doing it.

Just before he landed, a bee zoomed by and warned, “Don’t land there, stupid! That’s flypaper!” But the fairly intelligent fly shouted back, “Don’t be silly! Those flies are dancing. There’s a big crowd there. Everybody’s doing it. That many flies can’t be wrong!’

Only when the fairly intelligent fly’s feet had touched the sticky paper did he realize the other flies  — along with him  —were doing the dance of death.

Be smart. Seek God’s will and follow where He leads. It may take you on a singular journey, but you will never be in a safer place than in His loving hands.