good thing I had previously decided the title for sunday entries ... I am not at "church" this morning but at "home" on the internet instead. Let's just say that if you stay in the tropics for long enough, there are various diseases and, ahem, ailments one can catch which limit one's geographical movements for a time and, well, leave it at that.
a devotion I read online this week really started me thinking about my choice of words. mostly I hear my inner dialogue and stop myself before too much of it has spilled out into the outer realm and this is good. I try not to use sarcasm too frequently and only on those whom I belive can understand that I am merely joking. this sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. the Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. this is good.
the devo went on to talk about the importance of our words in the grand scheme of relationships, how we ought to only build up and not tear down. how if God, in his infinite power and might, could create everything that is with only words, we should think about the power of our own tongues and use our words very carefully. this is true. I was struck, once again, by the immenseness of my God and how cool it is that his word is final. what he says truly "goes".
so ... what about the words we tell ourselves; that ever-present inner dialogue? are we careful, also within, only to build up and not tear down? I think that's worth pondering ...