Ever say something you wish you could jump out and grab back? I admit I hear myself say things and then ask myself “Who said that?” Raise your hand if you’ve said: “You’re wearing that?” “Because I said so.” “If your friend jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?” “I’m the parent, that’s why!”
But what about the icky, heavy, negative things that came out of your mouth you wish you hadn’t said? How about those phrases you promised yourself you would never say. No matter how hard we try, there is the instance when we’ve said the wrong thing.
I struggle with keeping my mouth shut sometimes and am, by no means, the epitome of self-control. Sometimes I look at myself and ask, “Where did that crazy woman come from? Who let the lunatic into my home?” But I am also learning a valuable lesson: God gives us a beautiful gift of grace. No matter how ugly our words may have been, every morning the sun rises and with it, His promise of a fresh start. A new day. Another chance. Our Heavenly Father piles on the love every single day and tells us to try again. When your heart calls to Him for help, He is there with a big hug and all the help you need for a “do-over”. “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you…” (Jeremiah 29:12-14)
We can’t beat ourselves up for mistakes. After all, we are human and God knows we goof up. Our words have the potential to be the worst weapons available, but we can make amends with honest apologies and second chances. (Are you singing Veggie Tales right now? No? OK, maybe it’s just my crazy self.) Try again. Apologize for something you wish you hadn’t said and then soak in God’s grace. Improve the next time. Ever hear that phrase “When you’ve reached the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”? Better yet, tie two knots around an old tire and swing! Swinging is fun and will make you feel young and free again.
God knows where you are. He speaks His love to us all the time, but sometimes we don’t listen. Instead of loudly announcing a suggestion, He softly whispers His ideas. Try this: sit quietly and listen. Deep down we can hear Him. God will show you what to do and say when you ask yourself, “Did I say that?”