3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Your tongue can take you places! Think about how far you can go if you are an eloquent person – President; sing & write lyrics – make you millions; or a few simple words can bring you fame – "Pants on the ground".
Or, it can light a fire. Harry Reid, the senator from Nevada, spoke a few misplaced words and his life has been dominated by them for weeks.
A well placed compliment can create a friend, get you a date, find you a spouse, or get you a job!
Too foolish a word and you can destroy a friendship.
Our tongue can make people feel great, feel bad, can burn your house down!
One careless word can have disastrous consequences!
Last week John Thayer posted an event on FB called "The Floor is Lava", where any indoor, non-removable floor is lava. If you step on the lava, you're out. Whoever makes it the whole day without stepping on the lava, wins.
So I suggested we play a similar game, since our tongue is so powerful and has the ability to cause great destruction, it's called "The Tongue is Hell Fire!"
Here are the rules:
- Do not complain or grumble
- Do not Boast
- Do not gossip or spread bad info about someone
- Do not run someone down
- Do not defend or excuse yourself
- Always affirm other people
See how long you make it today before you set something on fire!