When you talk, do not say harmful things. But say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will help those who listen to you. Ephesians 4:29
I teach in an on line classroom. In my classroom I can turn on up to six microphones at a time to interact with students. I control the microphones turning them on and off as needed during the session. Every now and then if there is a delay in the connection I hear my own words echo back at me. To get back on track I have to pause and wait for the system to catch up before continuing with my lesson.
How would we react in our daily lives if we heard our words repeated back to us? Would we hear something angry, sarcastic, or unlovely? Would the echo be something we wish hadn’t come out of our mouth? Would the echo be full of positive words, words of praise and encouragement or maybe an apology? Would we enjoy hearing our own words coming back at us?
I’m sure we all have a little bit of both. The trick is to exercise self-control and think about our words before they escape our lips. I like the way Ephesians 4:29 is worded in the International Children’s Bible. When you talk, do not say harmful things. But say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will help those who listen to you. (ICB)
If you find yourself about to say something you would not want to hear in your echo perhaps you could take a pause and let God’s control catch up before continuing with your words.
Devotion: Marge McCoy
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