Careless Words

“… For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.  I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak…” 
Matthew 12:34-36

It’s one of those days.

I have a million and one things to do and no time to get it done.  Ana insists on telling me a story that takes thirty minutes to tell and yet STILL doesn’t end after she’s given every single laborious detail.  Emma insists on attaching herself to me, arm in arm, while pressing the rest of her tiny body against me in a death grip.

I have so much to get done.  Wonderful, great, amazing things for the glory of God, for His acclaim, for His name —

And my children won’t let me go or stop talking for even a few seconds so that I can do what God has for me to do!

As is often the situation, I grow irritated and let my children know, in no uncertain terms, how important their mother is and how many things she has to do and how she just doesn’t have the time to be what they so clearly think she needs to be right then.

Careless words, said unkindly sometimes, because Mommy is someone, after all, and someone important has far more important things to do than listen to long, pointless stories while being squeezed to death.

I’m reminded, through downcast eyes, through disappointment, and through their sudden silence, that I was indeed made for something important.  And in my exuberance to do great things for God, I’ve been neglecting the greatest calling God has for me.  Every careless word I speak in and out of this house has eternal repercussions, most especially as they have been spoken to the two girls who look to me for everything.

I’m convicted by the Word of God and by this reminder that every word will be called to account.  Praying that the words I speak, especially to my children, will be affirming, life-giving, and life changing…

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