Here I am, 52 1/2 years old, still trying to learn to control my mouth. I have a lifetime full of miscommunication and saying things I should not say. It has strained relationships and cost me jobs.
I think that’s one of the reasons I write. I am able to carefully construct my words and can more clearly communicate than I am often able to do in a conversation.
Tomorrow I return to work after my mouth got me in some trouble. I was not insulting or rude, just presumptuous and inappropriate. I pray daily that I can be a blessing to everyone I come in contact with. I need to guard my tongue.
Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.”
I guess my struggle is nothing new. Is there anybody out there who has the same struggle?