One thing I will mention is that this week is crazy, as my husband is in a gospel meeting and we're traveling back and forth every evening. That doesn't leave me too much time to blog, so again this week will be a bit off. I am really hoping to get back to the regularly scheduled programming soon.
Today, though, before I leave, I want to leave you with a passage that is so thought-provoking to me, especially with how much I use social media. I recently did a devotional for the ladies at my congregation about praise and our tongues, and this passage has been replaying in my mind ever since:
"For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongueis a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?" James 3:2-11
So think about your speech/statuses/blogs/tweets. If you claim to be a Christian, and use your mouth to praise God, are you using that same opening to complain, criticize, cut down, or spread gossip? Are you promoting Christ and His message of love? Carefully consider the way you use your words. Jesus tells us that every idle word we speak will either justify us or condemn us. It is my prayer that my words will justify me, and I pray the same will be true for you.