SEEING WHAT WE SAY
A guy at the Hardware Store started to say something to me and mispronounced what he was trying to say… so he said, “I got my tongue wrapped around my eye teeth and couldn’t see what I was trying to say.”
Don’t you hate it when that happens? It was a funny remark and I thought about it some more after I got home. There is wisdom in the humor though.
The apostle James wrote, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” This verse has been a long standing bit of wisdom, “quick to hear, slow to speak.” If we take this seriously we can perhaps see what we are saying before we speak. That would solve a lot of our communication problems. I suppose James knew about the eye teeth thing.
“Do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Jesus