“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.” — James 3:4-5 (NLT)
Last month, I was at the store buying a few items and turned the corner to be greeted by a stranger with a big “hello!” Taken back by his friendly, exuberant greeting, I gave a matching and enthusiastic “hello” in return. I didn’t want to be outdone! He then said something that struck me between the eyes, “I guess social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t be friendly!”
Our brief encounter has rattled around in my heart for weeks, and I started to notice how people have misinterpreted social distancing as being unfriendly and even rude. Many people won’t greet you, look at you or have a conversation with you. Unfortunately, we have been practicing social disconnecting not just social distancing.
In the middle of a global pandemic, we need each other more than ever. The way we practice social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t connect, can’t be friendly or can’t be relational. We need encouragers more than ever — like the one I encountered who spoke words of life and hope — with just a greeting. Yes, we need to keep 6 feet apart, but we can still use our words to touch hearts, regardless of physical distance. What we choose to say is one of the most powerful recourses we have during this pandemic, that is if we use it wisely.
It has been said that the human tongue weighs practically nothing, yet very few people can contain its power. The average human tongue weighs only 2 ounces, but it is considered one of the strongest muscles in the body. The tongue is a tough worker. Like the heart, it is always working — helping mix food, forming letters and sounds, filtering out germs. The tongue is an amazing part of our bodies, but it reveals more about a person’s spiritual life than physical. Truly, the tongue is the window to the soul.
Where does the tongue get its incredible power? From the heart! There is a Scottish proverb that says, “When the heart is full, the tongue will speak.” Often, people will utter something and then quickly say, “I didn’t mean that.” Actually, they probably meant it, they just didn’t mean to say it. We mean everything we say, but we often don’t plan to allow our tongues to expose our hearts.
“The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use.” — Washington Irving
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Dan Britton