Ready, Fire, Aim! Way too often, that’s how my mouth works. Before I know it, I’ve blurted out something stupid. Or hurtful. Just this morning a good friend told me about how I had thoughtlessly hurt his feelings. I had thought what I’d said was funny. He felt wounded. How I wish I had paid more attention to the wisdom of this proverb:
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Proverbs 12:18)
The dictionary says “rash” means acting without forethought or due caution. That nails it – right between my eyes. Imagine how differently I’d be feeling if my friend had said, “Your words seemed to heal my heart.” Instead of trying to find funny words, I’m going to work on finding words that heal, build up or strengthen others.
It’s not that I want to lay my struggles on you. But, maybe you know someone like me, who could use to pay closer attention to that proverb or to this similar thought from the New Testament:
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. (Note: – The original word for “unwholesome” doesn’t mean cussing. It means something that causes rotting to occur!) (Ephesians 4:29 – my added note)
So here’s my goal: Ready, Aim, Speak!