“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” ~ Proverbs 15:4
Do you remember a time when someone said something ugly to you? I bet you can share, in vivid detail, how you felt at that moment. Maybe the words themselves weren’t so wicked but “how” they were spoken affected you deeply. Yes, what we say and how we say it matters.
I’m hesitant to share this story but when I was in first grade, another little girl told me that I wrote my 2’s funny. Incredible, I thought! We’re in 1st grade…what does she know? I was humiliated and angry. My first inclination was to smack her but civility ruled the day.
Would it surprise you to know that after all this time, some 57 years later, I still double-check how I write the number 2? Yes, words matter!
Words Go Down to the Innermost Part of our Being
My elementary school story was innocent compared to most but you get the point. Hurtful words tend to migrate to the core of our heart and can rest there for eons.
It’s been said that “our tongue is a barometer for the mind.” I’ve often thought that if the thermometer we hold under our tongue could measure what’s going on in our hearts/minds instead of just reading our body’s temperature, we might opt for a new disposition. Would you agree?
Momma always said
My Mom often said to her three children… “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Wow! That is so golden especially in today’s world. Think of the splendid sounds of silence that would emerge from our political debates, our sporting events, or perhaps even our own homes if we all followed that advice.
What I say matters not only to others but more importantly to God. I previously wrote how the whole world is watching those of us who profess a genuine faith in God. That rings true here as well. Does my “talk” really match my “walk?” Kind of hard to praise Jesus while I sling venomous barbs at people…don’t ya think?
I’m asking all of us do a little self-assessment on what spews out of our mouths. Each morning my/our prayer should be:
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” ~ Psalm 19:14
Need more convincing? Check out James 3:1-6. Our words reveal the true agendas of our heart. Oh how I pray mine become more acceptable to you, Christ Jesus!
Be a blessing,