For the last couple of years my wife and I have decided to try to follow the book of James when it comes to what we say. I recommend if you haven’t read the book of James recently that you do it again. It is an amazing guide to this life. One passage in particular stands out to me.
“When we put bits in the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, yet they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of a body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”-James 3:3-6 NIV
Those are incredibly powerful words about what we say. Everyone at some point has said something they greatly regret, but can never take back. The bible says we will be held accountable for every word we say. Personally things I said in traffic at other drivers may take tens of years to get through. Many of us think before we put something out on the internet because we know it will be there forever. Do we do the same with our words?
I am in real estate which is a very competitive field. I try to use this concept as much as I am humanly able. For Christians in business I think it is very important to speak life in every conversation. Competitors may say negative about us or our company, but we are not to repay evil with evil. Instead we should all try to focus on what we can do better than our competition and what we do well, not what they do wrong or pointing out their faults. Think before saying something ugly to someone in a tense or stressful situation, and remember that gossip about a coworker or even a boss can be very ugly.
No one wants to be around the person who is always negative or complaining. We all want to be around the positive vibrant Children of God. When dealing with customers, potential clients, bosses, or family, always remember to speak life and keep positive. We are ambassadors on this earth. Every word matters.