While I wouldn’t say I have a colored past, I certainly have regrets. I’ve made a really big point over the last several years to live wisely and to make decisions in such a way that I would have as few regrets as possible, I’ve never bought into the whole “be stupid while you’re young” mantra. I’d rather take every opportunity build in wisdom and understanding so I can become a person worth emulating. However, I do I have one big regret.
Well, actually it’s more like a million tiny regrets that I face daily. Despite my best ability to hold my tongue and speak in love, I still have an overwhelming tendency to speak before thinking, Nine times out of ten, it’s a joke, but I took it too far. I’m joking with someone, but I say something that takes the joke from cute to sharp and biting really fast.
I hate that. Being around people is my absolute favorite thing in the world, and there is nothing worse than the feeling of knowing you said something that you can’t take back. I think we forget too often the power of our words. They have power to give life and conversely, to speak death. I want to cause people to grow with my words; I don’t want to tear them down.
The more I consciously think about what I say, and the more I walk closely with the Lord, the easier it becomes, but it’s still hard. I’m committed though, because relationships are worth it, and honestly saying what you think is not a sign of fearlessness, it’s a sign of selfishness, because it gives the message that you don’t care about other people.
Lord, help me guard my tongue and help me only speak words that give life and encouragement. Apart from you, I can do nothing.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty andtruth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy. 9 Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me—do it—and the God of peace will walk with you—-Philippians 4
Words have power in matters of life and death, and those who love them will savor their fruit.–Proverbs 18
Finally, brothers and sisters, keep rejoicing and repair whatever is broken. Encourage each other, think as one, and live at peace; and God, the Author of love and peace, will remain with you.–2 Corinthians 1:11