26 February 2009

Taming the Tongue

I have a confession: I'm not as careful with my words as I ought to be. As much as I strive to be nice and kind, I find myself just as often being critical and judgmental. A coworker gave up complaining about and criticizing others for Lent, and the past two days have shown me how much I complain and criticize (because he no longer joins in -- or is trying his darnedest not to). Then, today I came across this post about taming the tongue, straight out of the book of James, and I was totally convicted.

For Lent, I gave up falling asleep on the couch with the TV on, a bad habit I've wanted to kick for months. But I'm thinking that this Lenten season would also be a good time for me to reread James and think twice about what I'm about to say.


Liz Provo said...

Me again. Left comments on your flickr account and it lead me here to your blog (which I really enjoy). This post spoke to me. I cannot believe that I would read it today, of all days. Just earlier this morning I was reading my church bulletin which had a blurb about meditation. The Judgmental thing came up. Got me thinking, wow, I'm really judgmental...maybe I should work on that.....Can you say coincidence? I'm not beating myself up about it though, I'm the most judgmental about myself....

LOVE your blog. I'll follow it. Good luck with everything.


Lindsay said...

Thanks, Liz. I know, it's hard to hold your tongue once you realize how judgmental you've been. I'm sure I'll be working on this for a while.

I really appreciate the encouragement about the baby coming. It's all so exciting and nerve wracking. :)