Sometimes it’s easy to open mouth, insert foot and let our words hurt those we love. But Scripture encourages us to speak life into those around us.
Welcome to Monday Meditations. In case you weren’t here last week, this is where I share what God’s teaching me this week about becoming more like Him. I’m a total work in progress, and I would love it if you would walk with me on this journey!
I tell ya… I feel like things happen in my life just so I can learn a lesson from them. Over and over again. I must have a hard head. Or don’t listen very well. Hmmm. More on that some other day!
So a few days ago, I stuck my foot in my mouth. Again.
An unnamed child that I know wears one of those ugly but oh, so popular silicone watches that counts your steps. I have no idea what they are called, but they are the watch equivalent of Crocs sandals. They might be comfortable and useful, but they are not the most beautiful thing you could wear. (Just so you know, I own three pairs of Crocs and wear them often. And I am fully aware how ugly they are!)
So, I made a comment to this poor kid about her ugly watch. Yeah. Way to be the best aunt in the world!
All of the other adults in the room then made a huge deal of why I would say such a thing. So I felt like I had to explain my disdain for said bright pink watch. And just dug the hole deeper.
I went home feeling terrible for the words that had spewed ugliness from my mouth. That was much uglier than any watch could be.
It’s not even the first time that such a thing has happened.
I have a terrible disease. I’ve had it since I was a small child, and I will likely suffer from it until I die. It’s called Open Mouth, Insert Foot disease. It’s a complication of the more common Sin Sickness. As a result, I often say thoughtless, sometimes hurtful things to the ones I love.
There’s only one cure for this disease. But it’s a lifelong dosage. If you go off of the medication, the infection will return with a vengeance. And if you forget to take a dose, you will have a flair-up. I had a big flair-up that day!
Here’s the cure from Scripture:
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. James 1:9
Actually scripture has a lot to say about our words.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: Proverbs 18:29
Ouch. I think I owe one certain kid an apology for the hurtful things I said without thinking them through.
And I will be working even harder on taming my tongue. Speaking life into the people around me, instead of criticism and ridicule. Lord, let the words of my mouth be acceptable to you this week. Help me to always be striving to be more like Jesus in the things I say.
And thank God for His grace! His mercies are new every morning.
So what about you? Have you ever had this disease? How about we work on it together this week and speak life. I’d love to hear about your journey!