The Mighty Tongue
The Mighty Tongue
Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. James 3:5
What comes to mind for me when I read this was hearing this story: A women goes to confession and tells the Priest that she was gossiping and told lies about another neighbor. The Priest tells her “go home, get a feathered pillow, take it outside and let the feathers blow into the wind. Once you have done this come back in a week.” The women looking a little bewildered left thinking this doesn’t make any sense, but that she was going to follow the instructions in hopes of not feeling so much guilt for her actions. She goes home as instructed and takes a pillow full of feathers outside, cuts up the pillow so every feather was blown into the wind. A week later she returns to the Priest and tells him that she has done what was instructed. That she took a pillow cut it open and let all the feathers fly into the air. He calmly looked at her with a blank stare and said “Now go collect them all.”
Once something is said to another person, out of anger, vengeance, spite, whatever the case may be those words are out there. Even saying sorry will not contract what was said, because it’s always in the back of that person’s mind.
It doesn’t matter if what was said is true or false, because the crazy thing about this world is when someone is in a position of despair and we talk bad about them to others, its almost always guaranteed that we to will be in a similar position at some time in our lives. My mother said it best when she told me to always be kind to others, because you never know when you may need their help.
Another spiritual person in my life has hanging in her bathroom this quote: Lord, make my words as sweet as honey, because tomorrow I may have to eat them.
Lesson for today: I am going to give so much time to the improvement of myself that I have no time to criticize others