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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stick A Toothbrush In My Mouth And Call Me In The Morning

I had some choice words to say, for sure. While my patience was slipping, my thoughts were forming. But, all that came out of my mouth was nonsense. What a predicament to have so much to say and have a toothbrush wedged inside my mouth! I aimed and fired but all that came out was foam. Looking back now, I'm thankful for it. Within minutes, my temper calmed down, and by the time I rinsed my mouth out, I was thinking more clearly and had a much better response than my first reaction. 

Sometimes, the first things that come to our mind in a potentially heated situation are not the best ones. They are part of our reaction in the situation instead of a thought-out response. They are charged up with emotion and most likely unfiltered. In that moment, we probably aren't thinking about the ramifications of our words or if we even sincerely mean them.

In every scenario, we have a choice. Will we be the boss of our tongue, or will our tongue be the boss of us? Will we grab the reins of that creature or will we surrender to him? Will we hold him submissive or let him take the wheel and potentially send us flying down a dangerous course with no license to drive? He is a ruthless thing that takes a mile if you give him an inch. And once he's out of his cage, it's like trying to lasso a wild animal to get him controlled again.

If you want a happy home, one of the first places to start is with that creature inside your mouth. Nothing starts a fire faster than a spark coming from your lips. And nothing quenches a fire like words that bring peace. A happy, peaceful home is the fruit of a lassoed tongue. The question is, who's the boss? You or him? Just remember, though, it's through His Strength and a yielding to His Spirit that we are successful at anything that is Righteous. 

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? 
No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.
‭‭James‬ ‭3:2-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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