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Some morning thoughts on words

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Some morning thoughts on words

Meg Chaney

A verse to ponder this morning: "Speak and act as those who will be judged by the law of freedom" (James 2:12, HCSB). 

It's early in our house this morning. I tiptoed down the hallway, past their rooms, grabbed my cup of coffee, and snuck back to my room for some quiet time. Admit-tingly I spent some time browsing the internet, and then came here, to ponder that verse up above. The book of James has a lot to say about words. Perhaps that's why it's my favorite book of the Bible. James, he was a man who understood the power of words. How words that are sent out of our mouths, aren't so easily sent back. Here, on the interwebs, I can at least press the delete key. I have a little more control over what people read. But in my life, in my relationships, words pay a powerful role. There have been many times when I wished I could take back certain words, erase them, start over. Times when I wish I'd been a little slower in speaking up. When I wish I'd let the thoughts percolate a little longer before speaking out. Sometimes, I truly don't know what to say. I have to pray, asking God to put the needed words in my mouth. This, friends, is my preferred route. I'd much rather wait on The Lord, and let Him speak through me.

And so, as I greet this new day, I'm honestly not sure what I'll face. Each day is so unpredictable, so unlike the past.  

Lord Jesus, may my words be seasoned with mercy and grace, as I mother these precious little ones, interact with family and friends, and even strangers at the grocery store. Help my words to come slowly, so that you are given time to speak through me.