In thinking of ideas for this blog, I usually have a couple of primary go-to’s that are my sources of inspiration. One is just daily life stuff…what I’m going through and what I’m dealing with from my own perspective. My hope and prayer is that what I write resonates due to a commonality and a unity that comes from being a follower of Jesus. Some of you are older than I am have a much greater perspective than I do. And some of you are younger and have a little less life experience. Either way, I share wisdom and nuggets of truth that I have come across (not that I am wise in my own eyes!) And by the way, I’m 40, have been married 16 years and have 4 boys. That’s the short bio and the one that matters the most to me.
My springboard for this week and hopefully yours as well is to harness the power of the tongue in a way that is good, pleasing and uplifting. If we focus on point #3, points #1 and #2 will resolve themselves. In other words, if we are so caught up in speaking the truth in love, we will have no time for coarse speech or gossip. That’s a reminder to myself today as I know where this begins in my life. It is in the home around the ones I can build up or break down most clearly. From there, it extends to other family and friends and to my church and beyond. If we get this right at the most basic level, it will spread outward with God’s blessing. In taking down giants and understanding the identity we have in Christ, there is a need to guard our tongues. I’m with you in the fight and want only to encourage and strengthen one another.