Ouch. I'm already wincing because this one will be harder for mama than for kiddos.
The desire is: to turn the way I use words into authentic, loving, healing speech; to reveal Christ in the use of my words (spoken or written).
We live in a say-anything culture. Our culture feels instant-response is normal. Our culture snacks on sound-bites all day.
Sarcasm? Big doses. Criticism? Expected. Craving social media responses and followers? Rewiring us. Gossip? Just staying ahead. Half-truths? Managing reactions. Positioning myself.
"You know, sarcasm is what I do. Why doesn't it work here?"She's trying to write a dialog with requests and refusals.
"Well, the French don't have sarcasm as a tool. Our humor doesn't always resonate with them."
"But, they have to make fun of things, right? I mean, how else can it be done?"Rather than reveal the culturally accurate response, let's pause here. Sometimes my words fall into a mechanism, a default way of speaking and writing. Sometimes it's my body or face that talks.
Gracious speech is like clover honey --
good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.
Proverbs 16:24 MSG
I resolve to wear something, like a bracelet, in a way that reminds me most of each day to slow down and notice how my words affect others. Be a conduit of healing, as God inhabits my heart.
What a good coincidence! Being thankful this month carries deeper shades of meaning when it arrives with ribbons of healing words and a beautiful wrapping of tone and posture. Want to join me?
|James 3 MSG|