They were drawing names and giving out Christmas gifts at the party. The room was crowded, and two people were designated to carry the gifts to people when their names were called.
A name was called for a lady. She immediately rose and met the gift-giver halfway. She had the prettiest smile on her face. The excitement was running high in the room.
Someone near me turned and said, “She just had to get up so everybody could see her.” Oh, my! Shock and surprise overcame me as I looked to see the lady, still smiling, with her gift. And then I thought, the tongue. There it is. In all the wonderful hustle and bustle of the Christmas gift-giving season, when excitement was at a high level, Satan was at work. He used his tool to squash some of the joy from the evening. Oh, I don’t think the person meant any harm. It was one of those moments when a person’s thoughts came out before they had time to stop them.
The tongue is an unruly evil. It is hard to control. Someone has said if you want to learn a person, go fishing with them. As women we might say, go shopping with them. Clydetta Fulmer said, “As Christians, we are to be people of few words.” She’s right. We need to listen and think more than we speak. Remember two ears, one mouth?
Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics taught us to pretend every person we met had a sign around their neck which said, “Make me feel special.” We should say uplifting things to others, to think of good things, and squash unkind things as quickly as possible.
The first Bible verse we learned in school, yes school, was printed on a foot ruler they gave us. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
We’d do well to think before we speak and take three breaths before we answer a question. We need to go about doing good as we follow the Savior’s example in speech and deeds.