Watch Your Tongue

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” ~ Proverbs 18:21 NASB

Sometime around 7am last Thursday morning, I left my home and began my morning commute.  After making a quick stop at my favorite blueberry muffin spot, I pointed my Princess (that’s my car :-)) in the direction of the interstate.  The sun had yet to make its appearance, so it was still quite dark outside.

As I cruised downhill, just feet away from the interstate on-ramp, I barely made out a figure dressed in dark clothing, walking uphill against the traffic.  Startled by the fact that the man was barely visible and walking in a high traffic area, I said out loud, “He’s going to get hit!”  As those words rolled off my tongue, something came over me.  Immediately, I caught myself and uttered a prayer, “Forgive me, Lord.  In the name of Jesus, I cancel those words.  Father, protect this man and get him to his destination safely.  Amen.”

Quite possibly this man was trying to get home or to get to work.  Instead of my first thought being to pray for his protection, I am ashamed to admit the words that traveled across my lips were of impending harm.  Without even a thought, I’d allowed my tongue to speak death, instead of life, over this stranger.

Sadly, this is something we do all too often.  How often do we use phrases like, “This headache is killing me;” “That child is going to be the death of me;” “I’m broke;” “I love you to death!”  Ok, it might seem petty, but please don’t love me to death!  LOL…

Words are powerful!  If we’re honest, we can probably recall past conversations and words spoken that were the brick and mortar that built the place or situation we’re in today.

As a writer, I thrive on the power of words.  I live for the pictures they paint and the impact they have on those who hear and read them.  Today, I just want to remind us to be careful not to speak flippantly.  Instead, let’s commit to practice taking great care with our words regarding a stranger as well as our words regarding our lives and the lives of those we love.

Wise, Virtuous, Valuable,


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