An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes. Cato the Elder
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Mark Twain
And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed. Oscar Wilde
An old adage says that we should measure twice so that we only have to cut once. Another says that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to our mouths and the words we speak, we should be very careful both in the quantity and the quality of the words we speak. Everyone has had major miscues and verbal disasters because of a ‘runaway mouth’. How many times do we allow things to be said that should not be said? How many times does our mouth get out of control before we put the reins on it?
We have opportunities every day to use our mouths and tongues to say good things to others. “Good Morning”, “Thank You”, and “Have A Nice Day” are words most of us have multiple opportunities to express each and every day. How often do we miss opportunities to say something encouraging to those we care about? How often do we tell our loved ones that we love them? How many times per day do we use our tongues to say negative and hurtful things? How often does out mouth give in to the temptation of gossip? Do we enjoy spreading juicy ‘tidbits’ about others and even behind their backs?
The world would be a better place if each of us made a point of saying warm and kind things to a least a dozen people every day. A revolutionary change would occur if we had to carefully control the words we speak as if we were carrying a loaded gun. We are and continue to become what it is we do and what it is we think about. Our spoken words are an on-going reflection of what it is that is going on inside of us. Our world is affected by all the words that are spoken everyday. Negative thoughts and negative words help create, support and maintain a negative world.
We should ever be mindful of our mouths and the words we utter. Every time we do not use it for good we have a missed an important opportunity. Every time something comes out of it that is harmful we have failed. The words that pour out of our mouths are a manifestation of the kind of person we are. Of all the self-improvement techniques available to us, this one is such a “no-brainer”.
How many times per day do you say caring and encouraging things to others? How often do you pass up opportunities to greet strangers with kind greetings? How often do you say unkind or harmful things to others? How easily do you engage in gossip? Your answers speak for themselves! Take a major step toward becoming the better you. Use your mouth and the words you speak more carefully.
Wisdom: We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus
Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit. Psalm 52:2
A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue. Proverbs 11:12
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. Proverbs 15:2
When we are motivated by a spirit of love we are so much more mindful of the words we speak. When we speak words that have no love or caring concern in them, this should sound an alarm that our love is lacking. It is tough and challenging to get this area of our life under control. We cannot do this in our own strength. We need God’s empowerment to enable us to use our mouth for good and to control it from being used to be harmful.
Prayer: Help me to use my mouth and my tongue to do good and not to use it for evil.