Jean and I were in the same class and rode the school bus together. We weren’t friends – just acquaintances. I’m not sure why I chose to make fun of her, but all these years later I wish I could rewind the clock and apologize for the way I acted.
Harsh words & a lie
I was sitting with one of my friends on the bus when we slowed down in front of her house. As the door slid open, and Jean boarded the bus, I made a rude comment about her hair.
As we laughed, Jean took her seat and asked what was so funny. I made something up, and pretended to be nice to her. My words and actions were anything but kind.
What we need
Discretion isn’t a word we use much today, but it’s a quality we need to develop. The dictionary defines it as “the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.” My words, all those years ago, were not discreet.
Look at what King Solomon has to say about this quality:
When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: Proverbs 2:10-11; KJV
When my words are discreet, they serve as a source of protection and help maintain a high standard. They are wise words.
Years have passed since that day on the bus. And every day I get to choose the words I will speak. When I yield to the Holy Spirit, I can use my words to encourage others and display something beautiful that never goes out of style – discretion.
Do you make it a habit to think before you speak? What step will you take today to exercise discretion?
Can I pray for you?
Heavenly Father, You know our words aren’t always what they should be. Forgive us when we say hurtful things. Help us think before we speak and use words that bless and benefit others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Something for the kids
*Coming mid-November to Amazon: the 3rd book in the Louie the Lawnmower series – “Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig”
Here’s a sneak peek: Louie and the gang are fired up about the neighborhood yard competition. But when a sarcastic shovel arrives on the scene, hurtful words cause big problems. Will the newcomer succeed in intimidating Louie and his friends? Or will her plan backfire? Join Louie and the others and discover whose words win.
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