It’s March 17, 2020, and it’s a new day. I desperately need a new day because I haven’t been doing well the past few. On the outside, to most observers, I have probably seemed pretty typical but inside, there has been a mess of thoughts, confusion, and fatigue. There’s simply been a lot going on in my life (& everyone’s life) that has been wearing me down. However, this morning, I realized that once again, I, and my thoughts, are my own worst enemy…and today I recognized that my mouth is also involved!
Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. — 2 Tim 2:16 NIV
OH, the chatter I have indulged in! I’ve discussed health information that I know nothing about, I bantered about politics I know nothing about, I’ve made assumptions about people, I know nothing about, I’ve speculated, I’ve theorized, I’ve made suppositions, I’ve guessed, I’ve projected and I’ve judged. I have not been short of words and theories. And, guess what, It hasn’t helped a bit. There is still a virus, there are still differing opinions about how to handle it, there are continued cancelations, shortages on supplies and more sick people each day. My chatter hasn’t changed a thing, except for my mood, and not for the better.
So far today, I haven’t said anything about the current worldwide situation to anyone (I haven’t seen another human yet today, but still!) I intend today to not discuss anything that will not be uplifting and/or encouraging to someone. I won’t be able to do this without God’s help.
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. –Psalm 141:3
And, since the Psalms were written many years ago and don’t mention social media or texting, I’m assuming I will need a guard for my fingers too! Do you?