It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that." Have you ever heard, "I just say what I think... and you'll have to deal with it"? I think God desires for us to watch our words. Ask yourself, Would these words hurt me if I were on the receiving end?
In the gentlest way possible, I submit a question (The only way I feel I have a right to ask it of you is because I have asked it of myself in the past). Are the words coming from your lips an indication of what is in your heart?
Winston Churchill reminds us, "By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach." It may be hard for you -- perhaps you'll need to break the habit of verbalizing every thought that pops into your mind, thus taking time to pause before opening mouth . But this one thing I know, God has grace. There is grace when you've been hurt and you'd like to hurt back. There's grace -- abundant grace -- to keep the words kind, encouraging, genuine and generous -- or at times: silent!
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In the last 24 hours, I have been blessed by a comment on my blog, a Facebook message, a phone text message and face-to-face comment from a special new friend. These positive, encouraging words made me feel applauded. They left joyprints all over my heart.
We have a choice. We can speak words of compassion, kindness, empathy and love. We can applaud, rejoice and bless. Our words can be life-giving. Let's leave some joyprints this week -- whether spoken, written, or typed. Let's hang a prism of our words so those we bless will see "bits of dancing red and green, violet and orange, gold and blue...(everything) aflame with shimmering bits of color" (Pollyanna).
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