Revealing Words

The rain was starting to pour.   We ran, all five of us,  and crammed into the doorway of the visitor center at Rocky Mountain National Park.   That’s when I thought I saw him…a famous Christian speaker and writer…coming OUT the door with two of his children.   I glanced back at my husband to see if he noticed him too, and it was clear he had!  Should we go up to him and say hello?

Just then, in the split second of indecision, I heard the man blurt something out.  Something that sounded like taking the Lord’s name in vain. I drew back.  No.  He couldn’t be the man we thought he was.  His words revealed he was someone else.  My husband caught up with me and asked if I thought we should go up to him.   I  told him what I had just heard.   Disappointed and still wondering if he was in fact the man we first thought,  we moved on.

Oh, how this little incident has played over in my mind dozens of times since that day last week!   And for several reasons,  I think,  I can’t let it go.   You see, there is the obvious disappointment of seeing someone you respect and admire act in an ungodly way.  That saddens me.  But then, it very well may not have been the right man.  OR maybe I misheard him.  Those are all possibilities.

Deeper down,  I see the lesson I must learn in my own soul.  My words matter. My words reveal who I am.  Yes, we stumble, yes, we fail and sinfully say (and do) things we should not.  And sometimes no one hears us.  But sometimes they do.  And I would say people hear and see us much more than we realize.   What message are we giving out?  What truth do we tell about the Christian life? If they know we are Christians, would they overhear something we say and think, “Yep.  That’s a Christian.” I know there can be two sides to that coin.  Sometimes we need to show the world that we DO fail and sin, but that there is GRACE when we do.  That’s really an opportunity we need to take.  But on the whole,  what is coming out of our mouths?

“Let no unwholesome talk come out of you, but only what is fitting” Paul writes.

Ouch.   Unwholesome talk.   Ungodly talk.  I want to be killing the remains of that, with Jesus’ power.

 

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Kristin Bunting About Kristin Bunting

Kristin wishes you could pull up a chair, enjoy a cup of coffee, and talk with her about how amazing Jesus is. For 33 years she has walked with her Savior, and each year is a new adventure in learning how He is always “Enough” for her, no matter what the circumstance. Kristin is wife to one loving small-church pastor, and never ceases to be amazed at the 3 daughters God has given them to raise. Her one-day dream is to write a book for women, chronicling her walk with Jesus and encouraging them to never quit pursuing the God who loves them.

Comments

  1. Yep, it’s something I struggle with, too. I once said one of those really bad words right in the middle of a Bible study group as I was telling a story. I immediately apologized, was completely embarrassed, and had to confess right there it was something I struggled with.

    I love your story here. That sometimes people will see us for a moment and that’s all the time we have to show them what God has done in our lives, so why waste it with bad words that give the wrong impression? Our words matter, definitely.

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  2. Janet K. Brown says:

    Thanks for a thoughtful post, Kristin. So true. My mother gave me a plaque when I was newly married that said, “go nowhere that you’d not like to be found when Jesus comes, say nothing that you’d not like to be saying when Jesus comes, do nothing that you’d like to not be doing when Jesus comes” Good motto. Thanks for the reminder. Words do count. So do actions.

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  3. I love the words of that plaque, Janet!

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