Jake spoke up again, “ I’d say it’s pretty important that we think before we speak… it seems like whenever Lisa and I get into it, we just say the first thing that comes to mind. We don’t think about what we’re going to say or what the other person just said to us. We just—react.”
Lisa grimaced and reluctantly added, “That’s true. To continue with the sports theme, it’s like we volley back and forth looking for those opportunities when we can spike it on the other person’s side and score some points.” (page 13, The PLEDGE of a Lifetime)
How often does the conversation with your spouse or a friend reflect what Jake and Lisa are speaking above? You volley back and forth all the while looking for an opportunity to score some extra points by spiking in a comment to hurt the other or make them back down from their attack?
There is an old proverb that says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21 NASB)
Every word that comes out of your mouth, will score a point for or against your marriage. (Tweet this) And you will eat the result.
This week’s challenge:
When you see each other in the morning and again at night, practice pausing to think before you speak to your spouse and kids. Make every effort to give words of life and win together in your marriage and family!