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Words, words, words...

We have all been there...that moment when we hear our own words as we speak them and instantly wish we had never said them. Oh how I have wished at times in my life to have the ability to pull words back from the very air that I used to speak them. To reach out and grab the words before they enter the ears of those to whom they were spoken, and then crush them into oblivion. In that moment, time seems to freeze as our words hit home and we watch helplessly as those unrecoverable words begin their destructive work. Though it does not often make the list, the super-power to delete spoken words might just be the one super-power I would choose to have if given the choice. Think about it...if you could press "undo" on some of the things you have said, you would probably need the ability to fly away, run away, or fight your way out much less frequently!

But we all know the sometimes-painful truth of the matter. Words once spoken can never be recalled. Each time we speak, it is as if we have crossed a line that we will never be able to uncross. For someone who speaks and writes several times each week, this is an ever-present weight. Feeling this weight helps us understand why Solomon spoke of his desire to find acceptable words (Ecc 12:10). Words are powerful things. They exert enormous influence over our lives. Words express ideas, and our lives are lived within the context of ideas. Our great desire at Coram Deo Academy is that our lives will be shaped by the Word of God. That our instruction in all subject areas will contain words of truth which are consistent with the eternal and unchanging truth of God's Word.

Finally, a question. What do bits, rudders, and sparks have in common? The answer is that they are all very small things that direct much larger things. The one pound bit controls a 1,000-pound horse. Tiny rudders turn great and mighty ships. Sparks set an entire forest ablaze. James tells us in James 3:1-5 that our tongues are also one of those small things that direct much larger things. James went on to say that the one who has learned to tame the tongue has reached a level of maturity many never fully realize. We wrestled with these thoughts in Chapel as we continue to work our way through the book of James. I pray that God would impress upon each of us the need to be careful and measured in our speech. The popular culture may no longer value this quality, but God clearly does.

In Christ,

Kent Welch

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