Tuesday, January 1, 2013

PUT A ZIP ON YOUR LIP!

What does this mean? 


We had a Pastor that used to say this in reference to becoming more aware of and watching what we say and allow to come out of out mouths.  Thankfully due to this teaching, and this catchy little saying, Mickey & I became very aware of some of the things we were speaking.  Things we had said for years without even thinking about what we were saying, like~~~~"I'm freezing to death."  "I don't ever do anything right."  "I'm always making mistakes."  "You're driving me crazy." "I wish I was dead." "She was green with envy." etc., etc. just to name a few.

We knew that Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue:  and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." so we made a conscious effort to not only watch what words we were allowing to come out of our mouths, but also to call each other to remembrance of this fact by saying, "Put a zip on your lip."  Amazing how quickly we were truly watching what we were speaking over ourselves with this simple reminder.  

As we begin yet another new year, and some of us are making various resolutions and setting goals for ourselves, I just thought about this little, powerful saying and thought I'd share it.  Hopefully it might help you as much as it has helped us.        

   "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things.  Behold how great a matter a little fire kindleth!"  James 3:5   


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3 comments:

Mari said...

I say many of the very things you mentioned. A zip is needed at times and this is a good reminder and something to think about.

Nancy Wolbers said...

your so right!!! What a good reminder. Negative self speak or neg out loud speaking can have an impact on ourselves as well as others...

retha said...

Exactly what I was going to say on my blog this week! (Will still get to it.) Not the zip, but the meaning of the words from my mouth.