Amazing that we, mere humans, have words to share. Volumes overflowing have been written, songs sung, speeches given. To us alone, God has given the gift of speech, language.
There are lots of unworthy words uttered every second. Expressing thoughts, with no regard for the Author of words, many speak from their oh so finite minds. Unable to see that all their lofty words are but gibberish for they have no foundation other than their own frailties.
But out of the mouths of children come some of the most profound and worthy words. Little hearts and minds, not so caught up in themselves yet, express truth and life and joy. Perhaps that’s why Jesus told us: “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”(Luke 18:16b-17 NLT)
Do any of us remember what it was like to be a child? To have wonder but also…trust. To see with vision that isn’t disillusioned. Truly five and under must be a marvelous time. So ready to learn, yet not have to know it all or have any biases. To not desire glory for self but to attribute it quickly and willingly to another.
My grandsons think the crazy ideas I come up with are monumental – worthy of hugs and high fives. Why don’t we have this reaction to sunrises, volcanos coming up out of the ocean unexpectedly, a Savior stretching His arms out in surrender of His life, so we can have a forever?
Ever notice that when we most need words, we are at a loss for them? A friend’s divorce, a loved one’s diagnosis, a widow’s grief. No human words will do. Yet in those moments, words from the Bible give hope. Reminders that this is not all there is. That miracles still happen. And even if this bad thing does play out as expected, God still has a plan.
To be honest, many of the words that proceed from my mouth are not worth repeating. “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” (Matthew 12:36 NIV) Ugh, that adds up to a lot of words for most of us.
So then how can we reign in our tongues? It starts with our hearts. Jesus said out of the overflow of our heart, our mouth speaks. Recently one grandson was in the shopping cart singing – softly at first, then louder and louder “It’s me, it’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer”. He had heard VeggieTales in the car. We will never know who in the grocery store needed to hear the innocent words offered by a little one. What a different world it would be if words that pointed others to God were heard more often.