In an effort to regain control of my schedule, I have made some changes in how I use social media. I’ve discovered that I have spent way too much time online, particularly on Facebook. I’ve mentioned before that Facebook is not my friend. However, I’ve not done a good job of implementing the steps I planned to take to make Facebook work better for me.
One thing I’m doing is going through those my friends list and unfollowing those who usually have nothing but negative things to say. Life is too short for me to waste time listening to complaints from the same people over and over. Maybe that’s harsh, but I’m looking for interactions that are positive and uplifting.
This summer I studied the book of Proverbs. Chapter 15 stuck with me because it talks a lot about how our words can be helpful or harmful.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 ESV
As a writer, I know my words can be powerful even though they are written. There are many times I’ve spoken or written something without totally thinking it through. I’ve caused hurt and misunderstanding when I spoke too hastily. Or, I’ve engaged in gossip or hurtful talk about someone else when I shouldn’t have.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my words lately as I’ve noticed my “filter” not working well so that I’m tempted to say things I should not say out loud. Lots of my thoughts would be better off inside my head and given to God so He can help me deal with situations that are discouraging, frustrating, or those that just plain make me angry.
So, what does Proverbs 15 have to say about our words?
v.1 turn away wrath or stir up anger
v.4 can be a tree of life
v.7 spread knowledge if we are wise
v.14 feed on folly if we are foolish
v.23 are useful if spoken at the right time
v.26 are pure if we are gracious
v.28 can pour out evil things
What are your words saying today? Are they being helpful or hurtful?