Monday, March 12, 2012

Language

I'm attempting to refrain from sarcasm, combative language, angry outbursts and so so forth.  So far my record this morning is about 5 minutes. :-)  I'm hoping to lengthen the time I can manage not to speak in those various improper ways.  

I'm trying to put into effect the words of Ephesians 5:29-32  "No foul word should ever cross your lips; let your words be for the improvement of others, as occasion offers, and do good to your listeners; do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God who has marked you with his seal, ready for the day when we shall be set free.  Any bitterness or bad tempter or anger or shouting or abuse must be far removed from you--as must every other kind of malice.  Be generous to one another, sympathetic, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ."  

I've gone so far as to start a stop watch a few minutes ago. 

(Later)  I have now gone some time without being sarcastic or nasty or negative in my speech.  I first went 5 minutes.  Then I made it 10 minutes.  Then a whole hour and just now I went 2 hours!  I celebrated by berating the security guard next door, Ellard, for leaving his post too often.  I don't know that I want to do this sort of thing for really long periods, it could cause brain damage or something.  

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Larry Devich
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
Philippians 4:11b

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