Talkin’ ‘Bout the Tongue


I’m a Texan, where we focus on “the big”. Shoot … one of the state slogans is, “everything’s bigger in Texas!” We focus a lot on big things; the big house, the big money, and yes even “the big picture.” Big, big, big. We tend to forget that small things can make a huge impact, much like that small muscular organ, between your teeth: your tongue.

James, the brother of Jesus, tells us that the tongue is like a small fire, that torches an entire forest; such a small member of the body, but makes a huge impact (Chapter 3:2-12). We are all presented with the challenge to control our tongue. It’s not an easy task, but it is something we all must do. Part of being socialized in any society in civilization is knowing that you can’t say everything you think, you have to be able to control what you speak.

No this is not an argument for the power of positive speech, even though it doesn’t hurt to be positive. This is an avocation for wisdom. Proverbs 15: 2 says, “Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense (The Message).” When we speak foolishly, it’s like a leak; the aimless fall of water. A leak may not seem like much at first, but over time, if left uncheck, it becomes a nuance, then a problem, and finally destructive. A small leak, can cause great damage. But if we are wise, our words will flow. When water flows, it is intentional and has purpose. When water flows, it is giving life, not destroying it. Wise people will use their tongues to share knowledge, truth, instruction, and direction. Even if we have to tear something down with our words, a wise person also knows who do it without destroying what is valuable in the process. So learn how to control your tongue. 

In this gym going, exercise laden world we live in, there is an exercise for muscles, that I didn’t even know were important. Whole routines are designed to strengthen and build, everything but your tongue. There is no physical regimen for controlling it, because that happens within. If you find yourself being leaky fool when it comes to what you speak, just simply ask God to give you the strength to tighten fittings. Let’s learn to intentionally speak with wisdom.

© 2016 Derek J. Murphy Enterprises, and I AM KINGDOM Publishing, All Rights Reserved

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