Here’s a small list of the most seriously ridiculous things we could say:
- “There’s nothing to eat,” while standing in front of an open refrigerator full of food.
- “I have nothing to wear,” while standing in front of a packed closet.
- “I have nothing to do,” while the church is constantly needing help.
- “I can’t think of anything to pray about,” while God wants to hear some gratitude from us.
- “I will get right with God later,” when we have no idea what will happen tomorrow.
If you can think of a few things that you’ve heard other says (or if you’re honest enough to tell on yourself) which fit the vein of ridiculously serious things we could say, feel free to add to the list in the comments section.
“Come now, you who say…” (James 4:13)
A children’s song reminds the kids to be careful where they let their little feet go, what they let their little hands do, what they let their little ears hear, their little eyes see, and their little mouth say. The last is especially important as they learn to fine-tune their ever-expanding vocabulary.
But what about those of us whose mouths that are just a little bigger? You know, those of us who know exactly what the word means every time we say it! Well, there are songs such as “Angry Words” that definitely bring the point home. But, at least to me, one good way to remember what our words sound like to ears other than our own is to imagine what they would sound like if little mouths were saying them.
To some, this technique may sound childish, but honestly, what’s more childish: adult language, or trying to avoid the big trouble that our big mouth can get us into?
“If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.” (James 1:26)