Monday, September 17, 2012

Careful With That

Be careful what you speak

    If you were to break a glass window, how careful would you be if you stuck your arm through it?  I would  suspect very cautious and you might decide to not even reach through.  Whatever you were trying to reach for might not be worth the risk of injury.  Aren't our words just as dangerous?
    What if our tongues were as carefully used?  Sometimes we literally bite our tongues because we get in too big of a hurry while we are eating or talking.  Can you imagine a glass tongue and how cut up our mouths would be or how much slower we would be to speak?  Words can have a crumbling effect, just like shattered glass.  I like the analogy of words being like nails in a fence, you can take them back but they still leave holes in the boards.
     Our words can unite us or scatter us, just like the people at the Tower of Babel.  ''That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.''  Our words should be clear, whether it be to praise or to correct.  'A word of encouragement after a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.'
    May your words today be carefully given with discernment and be a building block of encouragement to others.  You don't have to say everything you think either... just sayin'.