We just got home from a great weekend with family out of town for our belated Christmas gathering. We had a lot of fun, but it was a long weekend away from the comfort of home.
For some reason this morning the song “Nothing at All” by Third Day came to mind, and it’s popped into my head several times throughout the day. In the car on the way home it popped into my head while listening to a couple of songs my son wanted to play from his iPod. They were video game songs, I think by a band called Crush 40. Not my favorite and I started to make a comment about them, but then the line from “Nothing at All” popped into my head: “If you can’t say something good don’t say nothing at all.”
I find this is very good advice. Often thoughts pop into our heads that serve no beneficial purpose, and it’s probably better to just keep them to ourselves. I’ve decided that one of my goals for 2012 is going to be to try to live by this advice. It’s based on James 3:5-10 (NIV):
5 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. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
As a reminder to me, and to all of you, to hold our tongues rather than say something that isn’t very nice, I decided to post this great Third Day classic.