The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.
The righteous hate lying, but the wicked act disgustingly and disgracefully.
Righteousness guards people of integrity, but wickedness undermines the sinner.
Proverbs 13:3-6 HCSB
We watch what we say around the elderly and small children, so we can watch what we say every other second of the day. If we could visually see Jesus before us while we spoke and did certain things, what would we do and say differently? Then let’s make those changes starting today, and live by this principle forever.
Each time a person spends any amount of time with you they should always come and leave feeling and seeing God’s light in you; they should feel re-energized and joyful—if they don’t then look inward to yourself and pray— and then leave the rest for God to sort out and mend.
Sometimes our desire to help others, to save and rescue others, can be counter-productive, because we are not equipped or have the autonomy to tackle those issues; and not all times has God called us to do anything other than seek, speak, embrace, and reflect His loving light. Remember that!
Father before I open my mouth touch my heart to seek You first, to listen to You first, and to speak and act as I would if I could see Jesus sitting before me. Let me only speak words of encouragement, hope, and truth. Let my days of slacking and mediocrity be behind me. Let me work passionately on all things I have committed myself to, even my relationships, never giving excuses as to why I have not given my all.
I turn every issue and concern over to You, focusing only on what You command of me, and letting go of my fear and doubt which makes me feel this need to try and control things and do Your job Father. The battle is NOT mine, but Yours, so I remove the extra armor and weapons that I was wearing for that fight—and stick to living, learning, healing, and changing through growth.
In Your circle is where I want to be. Amen.
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