Day 91: Words

Happy Thursday (ah yes, take out the trash, Hannah) and Day 91 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, y’all!
So, first things first: woah.  Yesterday was a doozy.
I have no idea why (okay, I think it was related to heat intolerance), but around 2:00p I hit a physical and mental wall that I honestly didn’t get out of the rest of the day.
 
Which is to say, last night was not very productive.
Or, actually, not productive at all.
 
I know it probably shouldn’t still surprise me, but every time I get super tired it amazes me how quickly all the daily practices that I have in my life just go out the window.
 
It’s like the rational, responsible part of my brain completely turns off, and I don’t care about anything but sleeping/resting.
 
So weird.
 
In any case, I think I’m doing a little bit better this morning.  Here’s to hoping anyway.  I’ve at least been more productive thus far today (primarily because I had to make up for all the things I didn’t accomplish last night).
 
From there though, let’s move on to some actual blogging.
 
For this morning’s quiet time, I was back in James.
 
No, I didn’t magically finish the last 6 days of my study yesterday.  Instead, I left it on the table after finishing yesterday morning’s post, and, in my tired stupor last evening forgot to take it back to my room.  I was definitely too lazy to get up, go to the other room, get the book, and then hop back in bed to read it this morning.
 
In verse 26 of the first chapter, it reads:
If someone believes they have a relationship with God, but fails to guard his words, then his heart is drifting away and his religion is shallow and empty. (TPT)
 
Yikes.
 
Y’all, I’ll admit: I have trouble guarding my words.
 
Growing up, I remember there being a constant admonition not to swear – as if these specific words were the only ones that mattered.  That, somehow, being just as mindless, but putting in a more socially acceptable replacement word was better.
 
That one was a sin and the other wasn’t.
 
Guys, I’m not a bible scholar, but, I’m pretty sure that this verse is about a lot more than whether or not our words fall in the societal definition of swearing.
 
Because when I take a look at this verse again, I see a direct correlation between words and heart.
 
When we don’t guard our words, it’s our heart that’s drifting away.
 
 
I remember hearing a sermon back in… early undergrad. I can’t tell you the entire premise of the message, but one bit stuck with me:
 
    What comes out of you can only come from what’s inside.
 
Initially, this feels like a pretty ‘duh’ statement.  I mean, hello, how can anything come out of you that wasn’t inside?
 
But, how often do we look back at our words and actions and think – ‘I can’t believe I did that’, or ‘I can’t believe I said that’.
 
Y’all, what comes out can only come from what’s inside.
What we say and do are direct reflections of who we are – of our hearts.
 
And so, it is no surprise to see our hearts and our words are so completely intertwined.
*Insert a 14 hour break to work, chart, put my life together, eat some food, and record a song…  Now, where was I?*
 
 
But what exactly does guarding our words look like?
In Philippians 2:14, we are reminded to:
Do everything without complaining or grumbling.
 
 Likewise, in Ephesians 4:29, Paul writes:
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
 
The theme continues in Colossians 4:6:
 
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. 
 
Y’all, I don’t know about you, but for me, this is hard.
 
To not complain.
To build others up with my words, rather than tearing them down.
To speak with grace.
 
But, despite the difficulty, I can’t help but wonder if it all comes back to heart.
 
And maybe, as we surrender all that we are – our thoughts, our words, our actions, our desires – to the Father, we will begin to see a change.
 
 
‘Til tomorrow,
 
Hannah
 
 

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