November 16, 2010

Think before you speak

Thomas Jefferson

When making a powerful political statement one must use meaningful well thought out words. The use of profanity is a major loss of rare opportunity to express one’s thoughts when such opportunity arises.

It is so very easy for me to respond quickly and unthinkingly, launching into a tirade if I feel offended or attacked. I lose the opportunity to make a considered argument. I lose the opportunity to advocate or defend. And then I find myself telling my son to consider his words before he just jabbers. Perhaps he has learned his verbal technique from his father.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
—Psalm 19:14

Ephesians 5:4
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.


  1. Wow. It was about an hour ago my daughter and I were talking about the exact same thing, and I shared with her the verse from James that says we should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.

    Lord, teach me to be "slow to speak." To consider my words.

  2. It's good to know I'm not the only one who struggles with this, Lynn.


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