Friday, August 10, 2007

Do You Think Before You Speak?

Let me tell you the adventure that I have been on with my mouth the last week! I saw the guy on Oprah with the Complaint Free World bracelets and felt up for the challenge! Well little did I know how bad my mouth was with complaining! So here's the deal with the bracelets. You wear this bracelet and you cannot complain, gossip or criticize for 21 days straight and if you do you have to switch the bracelet to the other wrist and start all over!
I am thinking I can do this it should be fairly simple,right? WRONG! It was like everything that could go wrong went wrong of course.
You really do not realize how much negativity comes out of your mouth until you challenge yourself this way. I have really been convicted by this because I have yet to make it through a day without have to switch my bracelet!
It also makes you more aware of what others say. And I have learned a lot about myself and others.
You know you don't have any idea what goes on in the lives of others really unless you are in a trying time yourself. And guess what most of us are most of the time!
So be kind, consider what may be going on behind the scenes. The mean lady at the grocery store may have lost her child,husband, father or mother. Or may have a difficult marriage, out of control teens or whatever else goes on in this crazy world!
Complaining is so not productive at all! i have wasted so many words and time on complaining that it makes me sad.
So I challenge you to Think before you speak, remembering James 1:22-26 says
" Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless."
It is so important to remember that this life on earth is not our home and is so fleeting do you want to be left with a life that was full of complaints?

3 comments:

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Chelsie's Blog said...

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Tennessee Mama said...

Ouch!