I’ve been thinking quite a bit about words. I guess that is to be expected when starting a blog. What is the message I want to convey? How do I want to say it? When I write, I can be thoughtful and intentional. I have the benefit of backspace. But spoken words can be harder to manage. I have this poster-sized reminder hanging in my house:
I intend for my audible words to withstand rigorous checkpoints before they get through my lips, but they often escape with astonishing ease. The Bible points out the inconsistency of my tongue very well:
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.”James 3:9
I can say something compassionate and kind and follow it right up with something sarcastic and sassy. I can express gratitude with one breath and complain in the next. And God shines His light on it, so I take notice and fix it.
When choosing the cover
photo for this post,
I noticed the letters in
“W-O-R-D-S” can also spell
“S-W-O-R-D”. How appropriate!
“The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.”Proverbs 18:7
Having issues is not the issue but failure to address the issues is. (Say that ten times fast!) Are loose lips consistently bad? Is it always preferred to have a tight tongue? Over the next few weeks, I’m going to dive into God’s Word to understand what it says about my words. My friend, I would love for you to join me. We can meet here on the Back Porch, or you can enter your email address below to follow this blog and receive each post directly to your inbox. I can’t wait to see what God has to say about confidently using our words for His glory and our joy!
“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”Psalm 141:3