Have you ever found yourself in a situation like this?
Maybe you say a bunch of words – totally intending them to be harmless and directed more at yourself than anyone else – but they are not taken that way.
Actually – you find out later on that your words hurt someone awfully bad.
Me and my big mouth, in trouble again.
Oh goodness. Lord, You seem to be teaching me a lot on this topic lately.
This kind of situation happened to me just this morning. Brian had to be the one to break the bad news to me – how my words were taken a lot differently than how they were intended and that I had hurt someone pretty badly.
Immediately my heart sank and I felt terrible for the pain I had inflicted with my poor choice of words and thoughtless reactions.
I could not get my mind off the situation and within minutes made a phone call to the person I hurt. Still, my mind drifted back to the dialogue over and over, as if I could change something.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could take back the hurtful words we speak? Oh, how I wish.
We all know that isn’t an option. Our words sting and we have to be accountable for what comes out of our mouths and the consequences that result. We can ask for forgiveness from those we hurt, and then we must be accountable to learn a lesson and not let this happen so easily in the future.
I grabbed this old $3 discount purchase from a used bookstore in college off the bookshelf at home tonight to spend time reading and reflecting on me and my big mouth. I love how Joyce Meyer takes us straight to the Word to learn tough lessons.
First of all – I have the responsibility of being a teacher.
Yes, James reminds us that we teachers will be judged by a higher standard.
I am a leader in my church and I have to remember that I am called to display a measure of maturity and self-control in the words that I use and speak. I am called to bring encouragement, comfort and edification.
My words today did not do that, at all.
Next, I have to remember to let my speech reflect thanksgiving. This is a daily challenge and I have been working at doing this each night since January 1. Looks like I need to work a bit longer…
I love that line – “don’t complain when complaining does no good.”
OH AMEN TO THAT!!!
Lastly, I’m reminded to pray over my mouth. Just like Joyce, I know that I need help with my mouth, and I need it daily. Ohh….do I ever, y’all. That’s obviously evident as of this morning.
Earlier in the book she said,
“In times of trial, the mouth just seems to have a mind of its own. Sometimes I feel that mine has a motor on it and that someone flipped the switch before I knew what was going on.” – Joyce Meyer, Me and My Big Mouth
Anybody else relate??
When it feels like we have no control, we can pray to the One who can tame the tongue.
We end every service at our church with that scripture from Psalm 19:14 –
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, Oh Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.
If ever was a day I needed that reminder, it’s today.
Excerpts from the book, Me and My Big Mouth by Joyce Meyer.
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