Henry Cloud writes:
“When we can’t hold back, or set boundaries, on what comes from our lips, our words are in charge—not us. But we are still responsible for those words. Our words do not come from somewhere outside of us, as if we were a ventriloquist’s dummy. They are the product of our hearts.”
I used to think that our words and our hearts were at different spots. Our hearts were usually good and our words could be reactionary and not all that great. Cloud (and Jesus for that matter) link our words and our hearts and this is always humbling. Can I say something and not mean it? That’s increasingly difficult to believe if our hearts manufacture our words. We can react and not truly mean to hurt someone, but we do mean to be sarcastic. We do mean to be lazy or we sometimes mean to be careless. We really do not want to be aware of what we are doing all the time. The heart knows this.
Our heart, like any other muscle (spiritual and physical), needs healthy things pumped in and a way for junk to get out without hurting those all around. This isn’t easy, but think about this a bit…Do we guard our hearts in such a way as to not only put good in to it, but also create some pathway for the sewage to get flushed out? I’m still working on this…..but it’s only January….