Let us not forget the tongue. Daily it requires attention and care, demanding prayer and vigilance. And regular repentance.
Those idle, “not thought through” words flow readily. And regularly.
Get the harness, put in the bit. Start your day with a prayer:
Small talk is a friendly, vital part of our culture. It is how we interact, meet people, show interest and concern, even care. But it can be dangerous. It can be mindless. Words ought never to be spoken without great care and thoughtfulness. They are dangerous — even the smallest of words, the things you deem insignificant, can carry weight, inflict a hurt, damage a reputation — they can start a fire.
Is the body of Christ a safe place to step out in new adventures? It should be. We should be supportive of every attempt at ministry, every effort to reach out, each baby step in the right direction. Has that attempt been perfect? Probably not. There were people involved. Has the effort been successful? Who are you to determine that answer? Can you see into hearts? Has one person been impacted for good? Then it was successful. Is a babystep a giant leap? Always precise? Perfectly directed? Probably not — but do we tell baby to give up? Do we complain that she didn’t do well enough, didn’t get it right?
We are to be those who encourage others.
We are to be those who desire to see the kingdom built.
We are to be those who nurture willingness to serve, establishing a safe place for new adventures and ideas.
Let’s be mindful of those words. They can tear down, discourage others from appreciating what God is doing, and harm ongoing building. They can cause whole forest fires. And we all know how damaging that can be.
So don’t start the day without a prayer to God to, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141.3 NKJ)
Our tongues can be fountains of life. May they be so today!