Thursday, April 5, 2007
Thou shalt not say Doofus
We have been struggling a bit with unkind mouths in our household lately, so earlier in the week I posted some "convictions" and scripture on the kitchen wall to remind us all how God expects us to use our mouths.
Conviction #1: I must understand how my words impact others--for good or for evil.
Conviction #2: I must learn how to control my tongue so that my words bring life and blessing to others.
Conviction #3: My words are a reflection of the condition of my heart.
Conviction #4: The words I use show respect or disrespect for my parents and others.
Throughout the week if one of the kids has been unkind to another, I have directed him to the wall to read our convictions. This afternoon, I caught Katie in the kitchen shaking her finger at the wall in all of the three year old righteous indignation, "reading" from the list as she recited, "You should nevah, evah, call your sister a Doofus!".
"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1