There’s a lake near where I am visiting family in Colorado. I love to go there, sometimes by myself. The houses and walking paths look like something out of a painting.
Today I spent too much time complaining. I am not sure how the conversation turned negative, but it did, and I wish I were one of those people who could speak nothing but positive things, never saying an ill word. It reminds me of James 3:7-10:
People can tame and already have tamed every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and fish. 8 No one can tame the tongue, though. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we both bless the Lord and Father and curse human beings made in God’s likeness. 10 Blessing and cursing come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, it just shouldn’t be this way!
No one can tame the tongue.
It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, and try we must!
As I paused at the bend in the path and watched as the sunlight glimmered on the surface of the lake, I took a deep breath. No damage was done, but like any conversation, negativity spreads faster than the positive. Even if the conversation is between you and someone else in confidence, you just don’t feel good about the conversation.
Tomorrow’s a new day.
I’ll try again tomorrow.