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Posted: Jul 14, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Have you ever had a moment in your life that you said something you wished you woudln’t have said? I don’t know about you but I have had several moments in my life when I wished that I had just held my tongue. Several months ago, Julie and I were flying back from Kentucky to visit her family and after our plane landed, we headed to baggage claim. I can’t think of many more depressing place to be than baggage claim. Every person at baggage claim is thinking, “I hope they didn’t lose my bag,” and “why is this taking so long?” So after waiting for about 20 minutes, the bags began to make their way down the belt and all of a sudden, I see the ugliest suitcase ever made. Maybe in it’s glory days when it was new it may have been well and good, but time definitely took it’s tole on this poor suitcase. As it made it’s way down the belt, I made the comment to Julie, “Look at that Suitcase! That thing should be decommissioned or something. I can’t believe that thing hasn’t fallen apart already.” Wouldn’t you know that the person standing right next to us looked at me, picked up the raggady old suitcase and walked away.

I felt like the biggest idiot on the face of the planet that day. Here was probably an individual that was trying the best that he could to make it and here is this punk kid who is making fun of his suitcase. We all have those moments when a thought comes into our brain and we have to make that splitsecond decision….”should I say this or should I not.” If you have 2nd thoughts about whether or not you should say something, chances are you probably shouldn’t. We can never take back the words that we say. James chapter 3 deals a lot with controlling the tongue and how difficult it may be sometimes. Every time I read through James
3, I have to remind myself to do just as the Bible says, “be slow to speak and quick to listen.”

Sometimes we may say things that may not seem like a very big deal to us. I am all for joking around and having fun and laughing. However if our having fun is at the expense of someone else, there is something seriously wrong with that. Have you ever had one of those moments where you wished you could take back something you have said? Let’s be people that lift up others with our words instead of tearing them down. After all, as Christians, we need to reflect the attitude and mind of Christ in everything we do and say.

With Expectancy!


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