Saturday, June 7, 2014

Watch What You Say in Private

    Solomon, one of the world's wisest men said, “Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts. And don't make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said.” 
This statement certainly applies to our day of wireless inventions. Solomon's little bird morphed into our big bird of a microphone left on when thought to be turned off, or a cell phone used to record a secret conversation or action.
Reading these words in Ecclesiastes, I thought of two recent examples. First, a whispered conversation into a hot mic between two world government leaders and second, a supposed private conversation with the owner of a professional basketball team.
Everyone is guilty of saying something we later wished we had not. Spoken or written words cannot be erased, but asking forgiveness is an important first step in reconciliation.
King David, another wise man prayed, “Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.” This is an excellent prayer to begin each day before we say the wrong thing to the wrong person.

 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart 
be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” 
Psalm 19:14 NKJV

Happy 46th Anniversary, John & Jean
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