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But, then . . . not long after, when I asked her to try on the new dress I had made her, she flatly refused. Even my most persuasive voice did not move her; she pulled her shoulder away from me, turned her head, and half-cried/half shouted "NO! No, Mimi."
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Those words came out of the same sweet child's mouth.
How can the same tongue issue forth such different words? Let's consider James' take on the power in the tongue. 'We all stumble in many ways' admitting none of us is perfect, especially when it comes to what comes out of our mouths. 'We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire... It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
It has no power. It only utters what is in the heart and mind of its user.
Think, think, think: What comes out of your mouth? What kinds of things? ______________________________________________________________________________
What does that say about your heart? ______________________________________________________________________________
Take a little time to think about what comes out of your mouth; start listening to yourself. What does it say about the contents and condition of your heart? Do your words give life to others or do they set things on fire? Hmmm . . . Lord, search our hearts.
And as for Alyssa, my three and a half year old granddaughter? Isn't it great that her mommy and daddy have taught her that the Bible has the answers? God's Word has the answers for us too--for our hearts, minds, thoughts and words. Bipolar? O, your tongue does not have to be.