God gave us all such wonderful gifts – hands to create and help, legs to carry, sight to appreciate the wonder in everything … we could list our gifts all day. We also know that we must use our gifts wisely, with God in our hearts, for those hands that can make could also be used to destroy. It’s funny that we are very aware of most of our skills – we constantly think about what our hands are doing, for example – but sometimes we’re less aware of our minds and tongues. This week – if you’ve followed the news – a 16-year-old girl gave a passionate and eloquent speech to the UN – few could fail to be moved by such words. Unfortunately, whilst we take the time to consider most of our actions, we often fly in with our tongues before we’ve thought what could follow. If someone upsets us, if they don’t let us join a game, if they don’t share their snack, we may find that things escalate into a full-blown argument simply because we speak before we’ve thought. It’s natural that we are hurt in certain situations, but how we speak after that is so important. In fact, our speech is so crucial that this very idea features throughout both Testaments of the Bible. But it’s also very simple – in any situation, no matter how we feel, if we could stop, breathe, and think, ‘What would Jesus do?’ our lives would be so much better. So, this weekend, let us take a moment before we speak and make sure that our words are only used in God’s name and with Jesus in our hearts.
Colossians 4:6 (ESV) Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.