I was recently on a little vacation with my husband and daughter. The beach was a sea of colorful canopies and umbrellas for all the beach goers to take cover from the harsh rays of the sun. The pool was packed! snorkelers, cannonballers, and all the loving language that comes along with any family vacation. “Stop splashing me,” “He pushed me”, ” Joe, tell your son to stop hitting his sister!” Then I heard it. Seriously, so far, minus a few probably not so appropriate bathing suites our trip had been pretty much PG rated until this language spoken from one brother to another. Don’t get me wrong, between four kids in my house I have heard some language that I haven’t been proud of, but this, at the top of his lungs, screamed, “GET THE “@#!@” away from me!” Oh my!! All this little brother wanted to do was hang with the big guy. My husband and I both took a quick glance over at the pool rules posted (not once but twice), hoping to see rule 1. read “no vulgar language”, but to no avail.
This little moment was a good reminder for me, when I forget to pause at times and speak something out in frustration. (I would be lying if I told you I haven’t slipped a time or two or three, OK four, well, and those have not been proud moments.) I want to always speak kind, loving words of Psalms and hymns to my family and friends. Uplifting words, not words that tear down. I need to sing Praise to my God who is so gracious and forgiving when I mess up.
So here’s the deal, unless I am in the word I can’t speak and sing hymns and psalms, or other spiritual tunes to anyone. It isn’t just enough to read the word, we also have to put it into practice daily (Luke 8:21) I know for me, I am going to be doing more reading and practicing this week. I know that growing in my faith, to live a life that is pleasing to God, is a life long journey. Each day I am presented with another day of living, I need to do my best to stay the course, with God right beside me. When I pause long enough, he will always give the joyful words of hymns and Psalms to spread His love.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for your forgiveness and your loving words. I pray that you will fill our souls with songs of Psalms and hymns to speak love and kindness to everyone we encounter today. In your son’s name we pray, Amen.