January 16, 2020

Yesterday, I had to see Bob. He’s my dentist. And while I love Bob, I hate going to the dentist.

As I sat in the exam chair with Bob probing teeth, he started lecturing me on the fact that I cancelled my last appointment. That’s when I explained in very pastoral tones that while he was a great dentist, no one liked going to the dentist.

Bob responded by saying some people did like going to the dentist. I told him those people were weird.

But as the conversation continued, I realized I was giving the giant man who was sticking very sharp objects into my mouth, a hard time. That was not my brightest move.

Have you ever said something on the spur of the moment, only to realize you probably should have kept your mouth shut? I do it all the time.

For those of us who shift our mouths into gear while our brains are still in neutral, the wise words of King Solomon matter: “Whoever keeps his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” (Proverbs 21:23 ESV)

The good news is that if we ask, God will help. That’s why David prayed: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” (Psalm141:3)

So, pay attention to what you say and ask God to help you keep your mouth under control.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, like David, I humbly ask that you, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

If I followed my own advice, my life would be a lot less painful.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins