Say What You Mean & Mean What You Say
I have been thinking a lot lately about filtering what comes out of my mouth. I’ve always been one to say what I think, whether or not I was asked. Just saying whatever comes to mind might be cute when you’re a little kid, but the older you get, the less appropriate it can become! So, I have really tried to guard my words so that they can bring healing and not hurt. I want my words to be used to build others up and not just throw them around in a careless and thoughtless way.
In keeping with that idea, I’ve also tried not to say things that I think people want to hear just to make them happy or to just say what is thought to be appropriate in a given situation. I don’t want to say something just because there is silence. I don’t want to offer empty words to someone that is hurting to make myself feel better. Sometimes silence can also be the source of comfort. In some circumstances, words aren’t needed at all, it can just be your presence with a friend that is hurting that can bring the most healing.
Lastly, and most importantly, I don’t want to offer up words to my Savior that are empty or shallow. After all, He, more than anyone, knows the desires of my heart and all of my innermost thoughts. He knows if my prayers are true and honest, He knows if I keep my promise to a friend when I tell them that I’ll pray for them. God knows my heart when I invite someone to church or ask them about their salvation. Am I doing these things to check them off of my spiritual bucket list, or am I doing it out of a deep conviction to share the gospel and see others come to know Christ?
I have also become aware of my words when I’m singing and in the midst of worship. When I sing the words to the song “Just Give Me Jesus” by Unspoken, or “Only Jesus” by Casting Crowns, or even when I sing along to the old hymn “I’d Rather Have Jesus” written in 1922…do I really think about the words I’m singing? Am I being honest with myself and with Jesus when I declare that I’d rather have Him over anything else in life? Does my life and do my actions demonstrate that Jesus is everything that I’ve ever needed? Can I show that I don’t want anything that can’t be found in my creator and master?
As I ride down the road in my super cool mini-van (insert sarcastic tone) and belt out the words to these songs, is Jesus looking down on me with sadness? I sometimes feel that I can almost hear Him saying, “I want to be all you need, Sarah. I don’t understand why you look for happiness and contentment in so many other things when you have me as your Heavenly Father.”
I pray that as God makes me more aware of not just what I do, but what I say and sing, that it will be pleasing to Him. I want my life to be a song that tells of His faithfulness and grace. I want my words to line up with God’s truth. I pray that if I begin to even think something that may eventually come out of my mouth and it’s not pleasing to the Lord, that He will quickly make me aware and correct my thoughts!
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, o Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.