Pastor Larry’s Blog--The fifth in a series of bi-monthly thoughts that will hopefully give you some joy in the journey of parenting and living life to the fullest.
At one of our last family gatherings we played the game “Speak Out” where you put that plastic thing in your mouth and try to utter recognizable phrases. I’m not sure what was more fun, listening to our family utter those phrases or words with the plastic mouthpiece or the endless drool that was running done our faces!
Ingrid once had on our bathroom mirror Psalm 141:3 for us to memorize. It says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips.” It seems that every day in the news is another report of someone letting their mouths get them into trouble and then having to deal with the consequences that come with accountability.
God in His word has provided so many warnings and wisdom when it comes to managing the words we say and the impact they might have. James 3:1-12 talks about the power of the tongue and Proverbs 10:19 says, “When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Maybe you’ve also seen the T.H.I.N.K. acrostic when it comes to thinking before you speak—are the words you’re about to say True, Helpful, Inspiring, Kind and Necessary?
It’s so important for us to measure our words with our kids. Both the positive and negative effects of what we say can stay with our families forever. How many of us still remember both the encouraging words and the words that “cut like a knife” that people have said to us over the years?
The best way I know how to guard my mouth and heart is by immersing myself in His word. Not only will God’s word help us to control what I say but it will also help us to make an eternal difference in the lives of those we love the most.
Let’s go on the offensive and make the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart be acceptable in God’s sight--Our Lord, our rock and our Redeemer (Psa. 19:14).