It has nothing to do with being trendy or fashionable. It has everything to do with wanting to follow the Scriptures more fully in my everyday life.
This past weekend The Portico Church studied the third chapter of the Letter of James with its description of our speech. (If you missed the gathering, check out the podcast here): http://www.theportico.com/media.php?pageID=6&view=mobile
We learned that, according to Jesus, our words flow from what fills our hearts. Words are no longer “just words” they are the revelation of who we really are.
This is a sober and humbling thought when you continue to see how James describes the human condition and the tongue. Full of restless evil. Set on fire by hell. Capable of grave destruction. Untamable.
The Blue Rubber Band on my right wrist reminds me to do what James said no one can do: “Tame the Tongue.” Each time I see that thin blue band hanging around my wrist or feel that unnatural sensation against my skin, I am reminded to be watchful of my words. While I don’t claim to do what no human before me has done (save One Man), I am hoping to “train my tongue.” My hope is that through this simple and intentional act, I might understand my own Heart better and thus my words. I hope to discipline myself from talking so much – about so many things that don’t matter. And I am aiming to train my tongue to do what it was made to do:
- 1. Encourage: lifting up those around me with positive comments and communicating value to others.
- 2. Give Thanks: “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1st Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
- 3. Praise God: Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (AMP)
- 4. Gentle Correction: using my words to speak truth and loving guidance to those with whom I am in community.
- 5. Talk Straight: Matthew 5:37, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (NIV)
- 6. Listen Better: I can actually use my mouth to listen better! Ask open ended questions and show interest in others.
So when you see my Blue Rubber Band, you are welcome to ask me how it’s going. If you’re really brave, you can join me. Slip a rubber band around your wrist and watch how the Holy Spirit uses a simple thing to teach you so much.