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Be Careful What You Say

As hard as it is to remember, there was a time when  people did not feel the need to tell every thought, every deed, and every criticism that they felt daily.  People had less free time and spent more time doing the things that were required just to live. Then, social media came to be.  It had such great potential for positive use.  But alas, it has become a malaise of meaningless moments or thoughts being shared with the world.

It is likely a generational thing.  Who needs to know what someone is having for lunch?  And, where they are eating and with whom?  Did the world need to know that your child poured out a container of baby powder all over himself, his sister, and the room where they were playing?  What about that rant about the person that pulled out in front of you?  Or, the picture of your newest purchase – a new set of tires?  Such is “a day in the life” of 21st century America.

And, when we are not getting a “play by play” account of a person’s daily highlights, we are hit with promotions to buy the latest products to slim, beautify, or make one wealthy.  Political pages are a dime a dozen, and the “send this to 10 people to keep the blessing going” are more and more common.

Sadly, our society seems obsessed with “firing up the troops” for a cause or enlisting new clients for a product or service or seeking to persuade someone’s opinion through a personal view point.  From what I can tell, the responses are most often the “faithful” adding their agreement to a post or those opposed letting it be known why they reject or object to the post that was shared. All of us need to take heed that we do not speak from emotion, anger, or in an attack mode.  Once we have punched “Send”, it is “out there”. Scripture warns us about foolish or distasteful remarks spoken without thinking.  As the people of God, we must be extremely careful since we represent Him.

Proverbs 26:4-5 – When arguing with a rebel, don’t use foolish arguments as he does, or you will become as foolish as he is!

Jeremiah 4:22  – “For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’—in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.”

Proverbs 18:7 – A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

A golfer who had been playing badly went to a psychiatrist who told him to relax by playing a round of golf without a ball. “Do everything you would normally do, but use an imaginary ball,” advised the psychiatrist.” The golfer tried it the next day. He stepped up on the first tee, imagined he got a 260-yard drive, made a fine approach shot to the green, then putted for a par.

The round went splendidly and as he approached the 18th hole, he met another golfer playing the same way–no ball. The other golfer had seen the same psychiatrist. They decided to play the last hole together and bet $10 on the outcome. The first golfer swung at his imaginary ball and announced that it had gone 280 yards right down the middle of the fairway. The second golfer matched his drive. The first fellow then took out his 5-iron and after swinging at his imaginary ball, he exclaimed, “Look at that shot! It went right over the pin and the reverse spin on it brought it right back into the hole! I win.” “No you don’t,” said the second golfer. “You hit my ball.”   (Copied).   Proverbs 15:21 – Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense.  Proverbs 18:2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.