He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Well, I think technology as a whole is not such a bad thing.. U N L E S S under the influence of sedatives from a dental procedure or mistyping, completely altering what was intended.
Last week I went to the dentist which petrifies me, due to my experiences when I was younger. I called my dentist here and asked if they gave “laughing gas” to relieve anxiety. Instead, they offer a prescription for sedation to be taken prior to an appointment.
Well, the day arrived and I took one as directed on the bottle and then I had called the pharmacy and was told that I could take another about 30 minutes before the procedure if the first did not relax me as much as needed.
Long story short, let’s just say it ended up with me one minute being in the office, to (somehow) waking up at home. Jonathan sat in a chair as I slept on the couch for a while, sat up briefly, then fell back to sleep. No problem, so he went on back to work, leaving me zonked out in the den.
A while later, I heard a notification my phone makes when I get a message on Facebook. Groggy, I peeked to see where a friend typed me a one word question, “What?”. I didn’t think anything else about it until the next night when we were at dinner and she mentioned what I sent in a group message regarding what we were each planning to contribute to a get-together.
From someone who normally erases everything, curiously she still had this one handy on her phone! Not one word of my message made a bit of sense! I had no recollection whatsoever of sending it and I can’t even imagine what I was thinking when I typed that nonsense!
Today a beautiful friend of mine (who shall remain nameless to protect my hide), was discussing a mishap with a message she sent to someone. Thankfully it did not go to multiple recipients, but after all was said and done, with her story being repeated, it may as well have!
She was being generous and offering someone the opportunity to borrow her shirt, only that is not QUITE what she ended up typing. The auto-correct did not pick up on her mistake, because what she entered was a recognized word.
This day and age, texting and messaging are merely extensions of our mouths, so I think this verse from Proverbs applies to those methods of communication as well.
We alone are responsible for what we say and how. Mankind is an amazing creation with a life full of blunders. Although embarrassing, we hopefully learn from misspeaks and typos, rendering us more careful from that point forward.
Proof-reading (as all of you well know, struggling to find the point in a particular section of these devotionals or attempting to tie it together with a common tread) is often a challenge. Sometimes it is extremely difficult to self-edit. We often speak or press “send” because we automatically read what our minds intended to convey, rather than what is actually there.
Be careful with your words, Dear Sisters, choose wisely! They cannot be taken back or erased and sometimes are never forgotten or forgiven by others!
Most Gracious and Loving Father
Thank You for our ability to communicate with one another
Thank You for loving forgiveness we have through You when we goof!
We ask that You give us a heart and willingness to do the same for others whose words have had an impact on us, either intentionally or not
Please let us take caution in the way we engage our opportunities to engage with each other
We ask that we do not speak quickly or harshly
But in love
In consideration of others
Most importantly, with You in mind
We do not want to say, write, type, text, message
Anyone hastily out of unchecked emotions
You gave us words to use responsibly, O God
The same language we have been given to bring You praise
Can damage another
Let that not be so, Precious Lord
May we use every breath we have to magnify Your Name
Through the blood of the Lamb Who was slain, buried and rose again, hallelujah
We love You, Lord!
“May The Words of My Mouth”
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Glory to God for any word or words He has given me and the opportunity to lift up His Name and bring glory to Him through these devotionals.
For encouragement of family and friends and allowing me to use their experiences as well for examples and topics.