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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. James 3:2b

For our College and Career Bible Study, Darrell has us studying Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Tim Lane and Paul Tripp. It is outstanding.

The chapter we read and studied this week is titled Talk.

Several things impacted me from the chapter. Here are a few thoughts: What sets the course of a person's life are the ways he responds to the little moments. The character developed in a thousand little moments is what you carry into the big, important moments.

Because our words have power and directions, they always produce some kind of harvest. It will be a life harvest of comfort, encouragement, hope, insight, unity and joy, or a death harvest of fear, discouragement, falsehood, division, and sadness.

Words, in short, have a high and holy calling. Words separate you from the rest of creation, making you more like God than like animals.

Your words are always in pursuit of some kind of kingdom. You are either speaking as a mini-king, seeking to establish your will in your relationships and circumstances or you are speaking as an ambassador, seeking to be part of what the King (God) is doing.

Wow! I am still pondering the chapter and the ramifications it should have on my mouth, fingers and heart.

1 comment:

z said...

ooohhh, conviction city. my words this week have been controlling, angry, demanding, high pitched and just plain out of line, this with my family whom i love. uh, doesn't sound like love does it.

i'll have to add this book to my list, tho it's been on your rec list for a long time.

thx for the encouragement to build God's kingdom rather than my own.

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