My teammates know that I am not one for a potty mouth and as we sat around in a meeting one day, one of the guys (who is known for his potty mouth – seriously, rarely can a sentence be said without the F-bomb) had just finished speaking with a few choice words mixed in and he stops and glances me way.
Tilting his head a bit, he smirked and said, “Angie, come on. I just want to hear you swear one time.”
Now me, being the type of smart alecky person I am, just smiled back sweetly and replied, “Fracken Rackin.”
He just laughed as did some of the others on the team.
I didn’t have to respond to his bait, but for me it is more fun to respond with a non-sensical word than a dirty word.
Many years ago (well over 10 now), my response would’ve been different. In fact, he probably would’ve never even asked me to say a dirty word because there was a time that I did speak in ways that were not right. But then, God started working on my heart. How could I be a witness for His kingdom if I speak as the world speaks? How it is so important to watch what we say because our words can truly impact those around us for good or not.
Recently, I saw this movie called Kingsman. To be brutally honest, I didn’t care for the movie. The plot was kinda silly, ended distastefully, but the worst was that I’m pretty sure they didn’t know how to create a dialogue without the F-word in just about every sentence. Can we not get more creative than that? Why do people think that swearing is the way to get attention? Or have we become so numb to language in our culture that we just skirt past it?
Words are so powerful and we need to start waking up to what we are saying! Are we being life-giving with our words or life-draining?
Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing!
I would much rather bring healing words to others, wouldn’t you?
The book of James (one of my favorite books of the Bible!) discusses the power of the tongue very well and also very bluntly to us who call ourselves Christians.
If you claim to be religious but can’t control your tongue, you’re fooling yourself and you’re religion is worthless.
And this one:
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
-James 3:10 NIV
Did you catch that? If you sit there and profess your love for Christ yet you can’t stop talking like a sailor your witness is worthless!
As a Christian, we are to be a light in this world of darkness. Our words need to mean something. And it’s more than just swearing. It also means watching what we are saying while in anger or frustration, which is what I am still working on. Because once those words come out of your mouth, there is no rewind and erase button to take it back.
In this ever darkening world, we need to show the light. God’s light! Part of this is watching what comes out of our mouths, speaking with love so that others can see how much the Father loves them!
And just a thought, if it’s your mouth getting you in trouble, start thinking of some crazy off the wall words instead. It catches others off guard and can even make them laugh!
Sometimes acting and saying things differently than the world expects will open opportunities to talk about your faith because they want to know why you are different. And people do notice when you talk different!
How you speak and the words you say matter, now go make a difference in the world!