“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”
James 1:26 NIV
Happy Tuesday! It’s a great time to try something new!
This morning I am very mindful of the events of September 11th, 2001. Most Americans remember what they were doing when targets in the United States came under attack by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group known as al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out a suicide mission. It is estimated that 2,996 people were killed that day. I remember watching in shock and horror. Last year I had the opportunity to visit the 9-11 Memorial in New York City. It was an experience I will never forget. The day was real again for me and many others. I sat near a lady who was crying uncontrollably. While it is never good to dwell heavily on these types of events, it is important to remember.
This morning I am also conscious of how many wars and fights have been fought brother against brother. Is it really worth it? Do we need to see bloodshed to prove a point? Most of the time we find out that it was just a simple misunderstanding that led to loss of life. How many times have you been upset or upset someone else over a simple misunderstanding?
James 1:26 warns us about keeping a rein on our tongues. When we think of bridles with horses, steering and stopping comes to mind. Pausing before speaking is a good habit to have. Yet, I think there is much more here. We should be gentle in our language. I’m referring to words and tones. Even in correction of subordinates and children, we can use language that is loving. Every person is different which complicates the matter, so try to consider individual personalities and speak gentleness with all you meet. Of course, none of us are perfect. Whenever you make a mistake, be quick to ask for forgiveness. However, some things cannot be undone easily. I heard a lady say that when you squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube, it’s not as easy to put it back in. The damage is done. So, try to learn from your mistakes and avoid repeating them as much as possible. Change begins with individuals. Each person makes a difference.
I hope your Tuesday is wonderful. God bless you.