James 3: 3-5
3-5A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!
My whole life, I have been one of those “speak your mind” kind of gals. I’ve always wanted to share my 2 cents. I’m real. I have opinions, and I like to share them. Doesn’t mean I think your opinions are wrong, I just like mine to be known. It seems that I’ve always wanted to just “be a part of the conversation.” Let me just say, this is not my favorite attribute about myself. I once had someone tell me that I should be more “peaches and cream.” I have never forgotten those exact words. Peaches and cream. I wish I was that peaches and cream girl. Soft, gentle, quiet, sweet. Nope, not me.
Throughout the years, my free speech has gotten me in trouble. Words collected in my brain have come out of my mouth almost always with good intentions. The recipient however didn’t get my intentions. He/she wasn’t in my brain, they didn’t know my heart, they didn’t see where I was coming from. I usually blame the recipient. Its not my fault you are a cottenheadedninnymuggins. Right?
Wrong. James tells me that my tongue has the power to bless and curse. My tongue can set the forest on fire. My tongue has power. So I have gotten quieter throughout the years. Because sorry to say, my brain still creates words that want to come out. I’m still opinionated. I still want to be a apart of the conversation. I still, unintentionally, get myself into trouble as I give my 2 cents. I don’t see peaches and cream in my future. But I am constantly working on (and at times failing) taming that tongue of mine.
Maybe you should join me in this quest.