While on vacation last week we came across a couple of natural springs in the yard of the cabin we stayed at. One was a gentle, slow, trickling spring. The other bubbled, gurgled and gushed. You could here it the moment you stepped out the door. These natural flowing sources of water reminded me of the importance of choosing to speak wisely.
Proverbs 10:19 says "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." I like how the New Living Translation words it. "Don't talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!"
Too often I find myself like the bubbling, gushing spring. Words just tumble out of my mouth seeming to explode off my tongue in mere milli-seconds. My flow gets out of control and I need to turn it off. I had a bursting flow this morning. I was stressed, overbooked and I didn't guard the flow of my words. Sadly, my children received the brunt of it all. It really wasn't their fault, mommy was just pressed for time. But, I didn't heed Proverbs 13:3 "He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin."
Not only do I need to guard my lips around my children, but I need to control my tongue always. I despise it when I feel I have chattered on endlessly and placed the proverbial foot in my mouth. I always wish I could replay those conversations and change or lessen my words. I desire to be wise with my words to be a good role model for my children and others. I want to be more like the gentle, calming spring bringing peace and comfort with my words.
"Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18
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