31 August 2018

This 'n' That

Lately, I've had a lot of opportunities to bite my electronic tongue. It seems as though I'm living and reliving Proverbs 13:3 in nearly every area of my life: on social media, in text message conversations, and at work. Yes, if my electronic tongue were real, it would be quite bloody by now!

I've studied the book of James a couple of times over the years, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels more than a pinch of conviction when arriving at the third chapter. Let's face it, because the tongue can be used to bite, sometimes we must bite our tongue. Often, this may not even be due to a desire to deliver scathing or unfavorable remarks, but simply to offer an opinion—an opinion that isn't actually necessary.

This is where godly wisdom comes in. Sometimes we may have something perfectly worthwhile to say...but to say it at a particular time or place isn't wise. Guarding our mouth means more than just refraining from speaking in haste or anger or irritation, it means knowing when and where to speak, to opine, to admonish.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)
Well, now that I've spoken about speaking, I'll be quiet and let you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • A great reminder that we must keep our mind on more than our immediate circumstances.
  • Savor the everyday blessings.
  • Some interesting insight into the man who is sixth in line for the throne of England.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Life under the Son.
  • This is cool even if Legos and cars aren't your thing.
  • Duh. Now, if only the powers that be in those chilly office environments would realize this!
God’s wisdom in creation amazes the eye. His wisdom in providence astonishes the mind. But his wisdom in redemption awes us and it leaves us lost in wonder, love, and praise. It is centered in Jesus Christ, the wisdom of God. —S. Lewis Johnson

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