Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Out of my mouth

I've always thought of myself as being quick-witted and able to hold my own verbally, but I'm beginning
to see how this isn't necessarily something to be proud of.

All too often I find myself speaking words that aren't constructive or positive to the people I care about the most--my wife, kids or friends--or I get caught up in critical talk or gossip about others.

Jesus says "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." (Matthew 12:34 NRSV) This truth confronts me.

When I speak critical, cynical or negative words, I am revealing what fills my heart. That's a pretty ugly picture, isn't it?