By Dena Kitchens
Brookhaven United Methodist Church
For years this scripture was uttered at the start of almost every sermon I heard, until those words became a part of who I am. It occurs to me today, however that they are so much more than an invocation before a sermon or lesson. Being mindful of our words and thoughts is even more crucial in our everyday life.
How often do we hear or read words that are far from acceptable in the eyes of the one who created us. Social media is filled with posts and tweets which convey hateful and discriminating thoughts. Pinterest posts extol us to THINK before we post or speak: Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind? Maybe another measure of our words is the inspiration from Psalms. Are these word acceptable in the sight of the Lord? Would we want them written in stone?
I challenge you, before you post anything on social media, utter the words from Psalm 19. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Think. Are these words acceptable to the God of Love? Are my thoughts o love or of hate? Consider these things before you post or before you engage in someone else’s post.
Prayer: Oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer, guide me in my choice of words. Let my words be an acceptable display of your love rather than an outpouring of the hate which is so prevalent in the world today. Help me keep your love in my heart. In the name of the Three in One, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
1. Look back at your most recent social media posts. Consider them in light of today’s scripture. Would you change your post?
2. Read all of Psalm 19. In what ways can this chapter inform our interactions with others?
3. Consider finding a small smooth rock that can fit in your pocket. Use a permanent marker or pen to decorate your rock, using words or images from the scripture. Carry it with you to remind you to consider your words carefully.