Music was blaring, my six year old boy was twirling around in excitement, then suddenly he fell and bumped his head against the wall, a big ”Thump!”
I run over to him with blood rushing into my mama’s heart, mixed with shock and worry, but the words that came out my mouth were:
“why can you be more careful ? Don’t you know when you spinning around like that you will fall?! “
I only realized what I had done when I saw the hurt expression on my little boy’s face.
Gosh, my words hurt him a hundred times more than the bump on his head!
Over and over, I catch myself saying harsh words when my husband or my children accidentally hurt themselves because I feel the same pain as theirs. But somehow, the concern and worry that comes out my mouth transforms into little daggers, not only I did not help with the situation, but I threw salt on their wounds.
Indeed I need some lessons about thinking before speaking.
”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.” James 3:5
My dear friend, if your heart is troubled by the same thing, let’s work together, present our requests to the Father, and ask him for patience and self control.
One sign of parenting maturity is our choice of words.
Because our words can build up or tear down our children, so let’s choose wisely.
Dear heavenly Father, forgive me for the times that I let my emotions take over and speak careless words to hurt my family. Please help me tame my tongue so I will be slow to speak and quick to listen. Let me be a role model for my children.
In Jesus’s name