Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.
In a recent post at his blog, Cycleguy's Spin, Pastor Bill writes about the danger of rumors in the church. I couldn't agree more. Rumors are the kissin' cousins of gossip. Even when we think the "news" we're telling others isn't necessarily negative or demeaning to the person being talked about, we too often fail to stop and ask ourselves, "Would I say this to the person's face?" If the answer is "no," and too often it is, better run, and fast, in the opposite direction!
Bill's post reminds me of a wonderful life lesson the children learn at Vacation Bible School this summer. Granddaughter, Virginia Rose, volunteers during Missions time to take part in a demonstration that illustrates the importance of the words we speak. Miss Serena and Miss Sandy, sitting on either side of Virginia, squeeze some toothpaste onto a paper plate. Virginia's task? Using a toothpick, get that toothpaste back in the tube!
Of course, as we all know, that's an impossible feat. Once the paste is out there, it's out there!
And so it is with our words.
The children understand the significance of guarding what comes out of their mouths, and are encouraged to daily offer kind words that heal and help others instead of wounding them.
In this day and age of divisiveness in politics and constant spewing of vitriol on the news and social media, words of kindness, consideration and caring are needed more than ever. So let's not succumb to the rumors, the gossip, the heated exchanges. Instead, let us commit to spreading the Good News of God's love through Christ Jesus.
Let us choose, as Virginia has, to be kind.
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