Yesterday, it was announced that Jon Gruden is stepping down as the Las Vegas Raiders coach, after an email scandal showed the football coach had used incredibly offensive language and sent profane pictures to others.
I am positive Coach Gruden would have never done any of this if he had truly understood the risks involved with electronic communications. He should have known the moment he hit send, those words would be there forever. Now his career is in tatters.
This got me thinking.
In my life, I have said many things I am incredibly ashamed of and there is no excuse. I cannot say, “The devil made me do it.” I cannot blame others. Like Jon Gruden, I have to own the hurtful words of my past and strive to use words that would bring a smile to Jesus’ face.
Over and over again, scripture emphasizes the need to keep our words under control.
Jesus said, “ For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37)
James said, “So also the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do.” (James 3:5a)
David said, “Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)
Solomon, the wisest of all people, said, “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.” (Proverbs 15:14)
Today, choose to use your words, both spoken and electronic, to build up rather than tear down. You will be glad you did.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, I pray my words bring joy instead of pain, healing instead of harm, and peace instead of anger. I cannot do this without you. Please help me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Words matter. Use them wisely.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.