They stuffed socks into my mouth to shut me up. Dirty ones I think. Somewhere in Tennessee there is a place called Ruby Falls. I have never been there, but I have seen the ridiculous number of billboards. At least in the late seventies, endless advertisements to “See Ruby Falls” were painted on old barns, road signs and rocks. We passed through on a youth choir trip and I read every single sign -out loud. Apparently, some people are easily annoyed. I suppose my speech should be edited.
James 3:8, “but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” HCSB
I often write my blog posts in advance. A few are complete and several are in the works. Usually I edit them multiple times. I don’t want to tell you how many times because the words obsessive-compulsive disorder would probably come to mind. Regardless, I tweak and perfect before I post. Seriously, I change words like evidence to proof then change it back the following day. Sounds crazy, but I enjoy the process. I want my written words to perfectly convey my intent.
Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” NIV
My mouth on the other hand runs without editing. Often my thoughts become words without filtering or considering the consequences. Recently I watched a news report on a man who lost his position because he made an off-hand remark. I looked at my recently elected husband and said, “Don’t do that.” He looked back at me seriously and replied, “Do you think I would?” No, he wouldn’t. He thinks before he speaks. I would be so wise to do the same.
Proverbs 10:19, “When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is wise.” HCSB
I HAVE AN OPINION
For some reason, I am compelled to share my thoughts. Now that I am limited by myasthenia gravis, more of my time is spent at home. My thoughts are expressed more frequently through written words rather than spoken ones. That’s probably a good thing because they get edited, a lot.
Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” KJV
IT STARTS IN THE HEART
I think, therefore I speak. Maybe I need to back up and examine my heart.Those of us with the gift of exhortation know just what to say to encourage others. We also know how to use words to destroy.Words heal or kill #editing #amwriting Click To Tweet
Words have the power to build up or tear down. Perhaps I could control my mouth with duct tape but probably not. Best I can remember, the socks didn’t work either. Only the Holy Spirit can control my thoughts by changing my heart.
Matthew 12:34, “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” ESV
I NEED AN EDITOR FOR MY MOUTH
But remember, I pay my editor in pears, but that’s another story.
Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” NASB