New Year's Resolution

Every New Year people come up with lists of improvements they want to make in their lives. There is a part of my life that I would like to improve this year.

Last fall the Lord spoke to my heart about speaking idle words. He started poking around in my year showing me the idle words I've spoken. He made me more aware of idle words that are spoke everyday all around me. I realize that there are some words that are better left unspoken. You know we have a choice. We can speak life or death with our mouths.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)

Recently on a drive through Northwest Washington we found a little Scandinavian store. My daughter and I love to look through those little shops. While I browsed through the knick-knacks I came across a book. This book had a wonderful saying that went something like, "There are some words we speak that we have to repent for the rest of our life."

Isn't that true? Can you remember a phrase or a word that you really did not need to say? We need to speak words of life and avoid words that tear people down. The Bible makes it clear that we are accountable for our words. I have to ask myself, do I really need to say what is on my mind right now? Does it further the work of the Lord or hinder it?

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  Matthew 12:36 (NKJV)

A word of encouragement builds up a person. As believers we need to encourage our children, our husbands (or wives), our co-workers, and our neighbors.

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24  (NKJV)

What's my resolution this year? I want my words to taste like honey to those I speak to this year. I pray the Lord will help me sweeten my words this year.