The other day, a friend told me about how one of her daughters had mocked something her little sister loved to do. Immediately, the little sister’s attitude started to change. She began to question the activity. Soon she decided she didn’t like it either.
Thankfully, her mother was wise and was able to see the problem and correct the attitudes.
Sadly, it’s not just kids that struggle with defiling attitudes.
Often we adults are more subtle, but in our day and age it’s socially acceptable (and sometimes even “cool”) to complain about school or work or kids. Other times our attitudes take the form of “prayer requests” or “just being honest.”
Granted, there is a time for unburdening our hearts and letting a friend help us carry our load. There is a time to ask for honest help. There is a time to express real grievances.
However, we must be so careful to set a guard over our lips, because our words can defile. The tongue can be a “deadly poison.” Bad attitudes toward work or family rub off and poison our children, our husband, our friends, and our church.
Thankfully, the flip side is equally true.
Instead of a poison, “a wholesome tongue is a tree of life.” (Prov 15:4) Many times a friend’s joyful words have breathed fresh life into my day. The mess of mommyhood instantly seems less overwhelming when a friend happily asks, “Isn’t it just amazing that we’ve been entrusted with little souls to nurture and raise?!”
Our words hold great power.
With David may we pray, ” Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”