THINK before the Holidays

We’ve been encouraged many times throughout the Bible to take every thought captive. What we think and then say has benefits and consequences—both for us and others—because words have power. The power to destroy or to heal.

When I wrote a piece for a magazine a couple of years ago, I tweaked an old carpentry adage-measure twice, cut once-to apply to our words: think twice, speak nice.

While we’re at our busiest during the next several weeks, we can be at our best if we learn this new  habit:

I’ve often wondered if the “i” in the middle of this word doesn’t bring a smile to the Lord’s lips. If we can mind our tongues, if our speech can inspire, it benefits us!  Let me make it personal: If I can mind my tongue, if what I say can inspire, it benefits me too!

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14, NKJV)

By Amre Cortadino

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16 Replies to “THINK before the Holidays”

  1. I loved this Amre. I look at that word and the “i” in the middle represents each of us Individually, as well. It all comes down to us using our tongues to glorify God or not using them at all. Who and what do we surround ourselves with? The “i” in Think is surrounded by truth, helpful, necessary, and kind. May it surround us as well.

  2. It is easy to see the negative traits in others when we ourselves are stressed. Thank you, Amre, for this reminder that truth, inspiration, and kindness in our words helps everyone!

  3. As the women around my grandmother cast snide remarks about an absent friend, Grandma squirmed and scratched her head for something true and kind to say. “I think she has the nicest teeth.”

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