Have you ever been doing your daily Bible reading and have it smack you in the face?
That's happened to me quite a bit recently.
The funny thing is that my study has been sporadic at best lately, but every time I do crack the Good Book, it takes me down a peg. Or ten.
I'm reading The Daily Message, which is The Message version of the Bible broken down into daily readings that include a few chapters of a "regular" book and then some of Psalms or Proverbs. It's even dated so you know how far you're behind!
I'm in February. Word.
Today's reading was part of Acts and a few Proverbs. These are a sampling of the Proverbs that got me today (Proverbs 10:17-32):
The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you're lost for good.
The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.
The speech of a good person is worth waiting for; the blabber of the wicked is worthless.
The talk of a good person is rich fare for many, but chatterboxes die of an empty heart.
A good person's mouth is a clear fountain of wisdom; a foul mouth is a stagnant swamp.
The speech of a good person clears the air; the words of the wicked pollute it.
Perhaps I should stop this post right now. Quit before I say something dumb.
But this points out how important what we say is. Even if you don't think people listen when you talk, rest assured that someone is listening. Even if it's only God. When I write here, I try to make sure I'm not writing things that God would be ashamed of—or my family, or my friends. I'm not always so careful in casual conversation. I need to be. That's where I make most of my mistakes!
How much do you think about what leaves your mouth? Hopefully you think about it more than I do...