Ever have one of those days when nothing seems to go the way you had planned? We all do. Our natural reaction is to vent about these things. We want to get what is wrong off our chest. We want to share our opinion with others. We say what we feel without even thinking what others might think. We might be angry and in our anger bad things might come out.
We might think nothing of venting about whatever it is that bothers us. “If they don’t like it, too bad, don’t listen.” “It’s a free world, I can say whatever I want.” “Freedom of speech, deal with it!” I used to think that.
We have to be very careful with our words. Once they come out of our mouth they can’t be brought back. Hurtful things that we say can be forgiven, but they will never be forgotten. We don’t’ know how long our words will stay with someone. (I have an idea it is a long time). The tongue is unruly and our sinful nature inspires evil words. Remember that old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you should always say what’s on your mind. Sometimes silence is golden.
We have opportunities to build people up or bring them down with our words. Just because we are having a bad day or something didn’t go the way we wanted it to, is no reason to make everyone around us have a bad day too. Saying something with a temporary upset mood can hurt someone permanently. It could take years to repair the damage, or in some cases the damage will never be repaired. Think before you speak, that’s why God gave us two ears and one mouth. Changing the way you think, can change the way you feel.
What can I say today that will make you feel great and leave a lasting impression for years to come?