(06.29.21– Jesus Are You OK? –James 3:5-6)
My friend, may I ask you a question? How powerful if one little word if we use it unguardedly? Can one little word, improperly maintained, pack a pretty big wallop we may never have expected?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
When I was a kid my Mom and Dad gave me a new bike. I can still remember my Dad pulling that bike out of the trunk of our '56 Plymouth. As he put it down on the driveway and rolled it toward me he didn't release his grip on the seat until he had the chance to deliver what we kids called his "sermon" first. My Dad's little sermons always involved those familiar “but-for” conditions. For example, in this case, "if you don't take good care of the bike I'll take it away." Then he proceeded to point out one little thing: the oiling ports on the front and rear axles. They were tiny and, to a 11-year old boy, pretty insignificant. But my Dad stressed the huge importance of making sure I put oil in these little ports often. They were little things, but these little things made the difference between a small axle working and a big wheel turning.
And so it is with our words. One little word, improperly maintained, can pack a pretty big wallop.
Here's a story. When Vice President Joe Biden whispered something indiscreet in the president's ear, the president was deeply offended. The president, that is, of the "No Cussing Club." "I was really, really disappointed that our vice president of the whole United States actually said this," McKay Hatch said. McKay, 17, is on a mission to clean up America's language. The California teen has written and recorded songs, he's printed posters and published a book. Now he's sending the vice president a T-shirt and a Cuss Jar where Biden can pay up for every bad word – and not just a quarter. "Maybe a hundred," McKay said. McKay has some experience pressuring politicians, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone. Earlier this month he delivered Cuss Jars to lawmakers in California, pushing for the adoption of a "No Cuss Week" in the state. "I know we're all not perfect; I've actually already put $5 in my jar," said Anthony Portantino, a California assemblyman. There wasn't a bad word said as the resolution sailed through the Assembly. The vice president isn't facing a steep fine, but on behalf of America's youth McKay Hatch does want an apology. "Words have a lot of power and that was one word that obviously offends people and people don't like," McKay said. (CBS News)
The Apostle James wrote: "Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire from a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body" (James 3:5- 6). Our tongues may be small and one word may seem insignificant but oh the damage even one word can do. As young McKay Hatch stated: "one word" has great power. As Christians we need to guard our tongues, maintaining this small part of our body. "Small axles run big wheels." A small tongue, neglected, can bring one whole body to a grinding ruin.
We pray. Heavenly Father, help us to guard our words. One little word, improperly maintained, can pack a pretty big wallop. May we with the Apostle James remember that …”Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire from a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body" (James 3:5- 6). Our tongues may be small and one word may seem insignificant but oh the damage even one word can do. Forgive us Father when we don’t guard our tongues. Teach us by Your Spirit Lord that, “A small tongue, neglected, can bring one whole body to a grinding ruin.” In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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