Note to Self: Neal, STOP CHECKING THE NEWS! It’s so bad.
[Disclaimer: I really don’t think all news is bad. But the news that the news biggies decide to cover is overwhelmingly horrendous.]
And so much of the bad news has to do with the garbage that comes out of people’s MOUTHS. Last night, I went to CNN and did a few screenshots of the headlines. Notice the use of the “mouth” in them:
And in my favorite, even God was speaking:
FOX also covered the mouth:
I had to read that one, of course. That Michelle! Getting Roseanne fired. So mean.
Horrifically chilling. I couldn’t watch the video. Why would anyone?
But great news:
What comes out of the mouth these days is beyond insanity. We need a return to civility of the spoken word and its humane morality. I don’t know what your stance on the Bible might be, but some of its commentary on what comes out of the mouth is just plain common sense:
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21
“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23
“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Matthew 15:11
“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” James 1:26
The bottom line is this:
I certainly cannot influence what Roseanne or Trump or the Parkland shooter or that heckler says, but I most certainly can influence what I say and can dictate the tone and the intention of the words that come out of my mouth. So can you.
I urge you, as I urge myself, to begin to notice the impact of our daily words–to our family, to our neighbors, to the mail carrier, the waitress, the underpaid hotel housekeeper, our enemies and especially all the children in our lives.
We CAN speak Words of Encouragement, Words of Life if we choose.
Let us choose wisely. That will be good news.