Out of the Same Mouth

Larger than life. That’s what they were.

On the manicured lawn near an art museum, I noticed a very interesting work.

It portrayed gigantic pencils placed together at different points.

Writing implements are tools with which we communicate our thoughts to others, releasing what is in our minds to the world outside of ourselves.

Like pencils, our tongues can communicate our thoughts to others, releasing what is in our minds to the world outside of ourselves.

It is up to us if we communicate positive, uplifting thoughts or negative, destructive thoughts.

I’m not sure what idea the artist wanted to communicate with their giant pencil art.

I do know that the power of a pencil in someone’s hand is far greater than what is conveyed by its size.

So it is with the tongue.

Though small, it has much power.

James 3:10 reads, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

We have the power to uplift and encourage.

We have the power to tear down and dishearten.

How will you use you words today?

How will I?

 

 

 

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Wisdom

“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south?”

—Job 39:26

 

My wisdom.

What is that?

A pastor friend once made this statement in our home:

“There is no wisdom apart from that of Christ.”

I have always remembered that statement, because it rings true in my heart.

The hawk I photographed yesterday at the lake was beautiful.

Stately, in fact.

Although he was perched, I knew at any moment he could fly away, far from my view.

Who taught him that?

Who gave him wings that function so perfectly as to lift him high in the air and carry him swiftly on the wind?

I didn’t.

It’s not from any wisdom I have.

It is by God’s wisdom that the hawk exists.

It is by God’s wisdom that he can fly.

Every day I must seek to trust God’s wisdom and not my own.

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Let Him Ask of God

If it looks good for you, then it surely IS good for you, right?

Well….not exactly.

Several weeks ago, I was walking along the beach and saw a beautiful sea creature on the sand.

If something is beautiful, then it must be good, right?

Well….not exactly.

I recognized the creature for what it was, having witnessed its dangerous characteristics before.

It was a dead Portuguese Man of War.

A particularly poisonous jelly fish with venom-filled tendrils.

Since it was dead, there was no problem, right?

Well…not exactly.

Years ago at the beach, one of our young sons, being curious and inquisitive, poked a dead Portuguese Man of War that was lying on the sand with his snorkel.

A few moments later, he decided to go out into the water for a swim.

Touching the part of his snorkel that had touched the jelly fish, he was suddenly in desperate pain.

I will probably remember those moments the rest of my life as they taught us both a valuable lesson.

The venom is still potent even AFTER the creature is dead.

True wisdom is wisdom that comes from God.

If we ask for His guidance in life, He will do just that—guide us.

Things will look good, but He will say it’s not for us.

Things will be beautiful, but He will tell us of the potential danger involved.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

—James 1:5

 

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