I have stuck my foot in my mouth more times than I would care to count. Sarcasm is usually my downfall, but other times I just open my mouth and thoughts come straight out. This is not always a good thing.
Lately, I have not really fallen completely on my face, but I get tripped up periodically. I just say things and then later lose sleep because I am concerned that I did not say the right thing or I said too much. I even go back and apologize sometimes for things I have said. Usually, people wonder what conversation I am referring to and think I am a little goofy for apologizing.
Nonetheless the words of my mouth concern me greatly. It is my constant struggle. Did I show enough compassion? Did they know I was being sarcastic? Did I say the right thing? I play the conversation over and over, desiring with all of my heart for my words to reflect my Jesus.
Lately, in an attempt to strive in this direction I have developed a “theme verse.” Repeating it to myself frequently throughout the day, it has become my most earnest prayer.
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14).
I have a feeling that the “words” part and the “heart” part are connected. It is a matter of focus, relying more and more every day on the Holy Spirit that lives within me. I am determined to strive to be better in both areas, but only with the help of my Savior. I am not much good on my own, a point that has been proven over and over. Feel free to pray for me.
Do you have a “theme verse?” I would love to hear it!