Today you will open your mouth and speak many different times. That in and of itself is quite a feat. Did you know that it takes the coordinated effort of seventy-two different muscles to produce human speech? Complicated stuff. Thousands of different words will pass through your lips to those around you today. What you accomplish with all that work is entirely up to you.
Words are a powerful thing. They can build up and tear down. They can unlock potential and they can crush spirits. Indeed, death and life are bound up in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
Your allotment of words today could be used to encourage someone who is depressed, inspire someone to do something beautiful, or give hope to someone who is lonely. Each word becoming a brick to restore broken things around you. On the flip side you could use your thousands of words as an arsenal of bullets as you go on a verbal shooting spree, cutting into those around you with sarcasm, cynicism and pride.
I’ve reached the end of days where I’ve gone both ways. And I want to tell you how much better it feels to speak words of life. Not just for those who are on the receiving end either. It feels better to use your tongue for good and not for evil. For loving and not for lashing. That’s no coincidence. When your words are like medicine they bless you as they pass through you. And if your mouth is like a Komodo dragon, teeming with bacteria, it won’t just be those you bite that are infected–you poison yourself in the process.
Make the decision with me to speak words of life today. Build up. Choose to inspire, to beautify with your mouth. Be an encourager. Since out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, hide God’s Word into your heart and regulate what else you let in there. Garbage in, Garbage out. And in case of emergency, if you sense you are slipping and your tongue is about to talk some trash…Bite it!
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.