How do you use your tongue? Do you use it to bless those around you or curse them? Do you create a world of love or a world of hate?
Sunday mornings are honestly one of my favorite parts of my week. This Sunday was no exception; after struggling to find balance this week, I was somewhat dreading pulling myself out of bed to go to church. After pulling it together, I headed to service, was graced by an opening song which unlocked my homesick heart and spinning mind, and was then greeted with a thought provoking sermon message.
The sermon started with the recital of a poem by E. E. Cummings, soon turned into greek recitation of the first verse of the Bible, and then the question was posed: “How do you use your tongue?”
They say an action speaks louder than words, but God’s word is more powerful than any of our actions. He created our world of love with words - with His tongue. How do we use our tongues to create the world around us? Do we praise Him? Love Him? Bless others? How will we use our tongue to forgive? To love? To confess?
This week I have found myself challenged by many variables: balancing life, love, forgiveness, and gratitude. Now, I am no expert in any of this and am far from perfect, but I do know one thing: prayer is powerful and God is good - all the time. He has a plan for each and every one of our lives. (I just wish I knew what it consisted of sometimes…) All we have to do is have faith.
Forgiveness is difficult. But love and gratitude aren’t. A smile, a hug, a phone call home or across the country, a simple “hello” - that can be love. How we give thanks and show our gratitude is up to us, but let’s not forget its power. Appreciation for small acts or grand gestures mean that we care, and that we love. Using our tongues to speak “thank you” is one of the simplest actions we can take to spread God’s love and joy.
Seth Godin said, “The book that will most change your life is the book you write.” Our words and our actions shape our book of life. This week I challenge you to analyze how you use your tongue for the greater good. Do you spread God’s love and joy? Or do you use your tongue to curse and spread hate? What kind of book are you writing?