This past week has been difficult for everyone despite the side with which you stand. It’s so very sad to feel the divide between people who should be standing together. I’ve been even more saddened by my own mixed feelings toward others. Conversations on social media have blatantly reminded me of the only conversation I should be having at this time….a conversation with my Savior. A conversation about the battle going on in my own heart and in my own mind – the battle for my words. In my life, I have seen families torn apart by words and misunderstanding and an unwillingness to see things from another’s perspective. I have lived in the chasm created by the “the way I see it is the only way to see it” mentality. Politics aside, there is so much more at stake here than a country. It’s about humanity. It’s about taking a moment to think whether different perspectives should be the reason for permanent division. There are some points from which we cannot return. For me that point is when I can no longer see you, the individual, without seeing your party,
When I was a kid we used to counter the playground bullies by yelling, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me!” As an adult I can recognize that the mere fact that we felt we needed to yell that was proof it wasn’t true. Words can harm. I’m not suggesting that we swallow all that is before us or that we never voice an opinion or fight for our beliefs. It’s what and how we say it that determines if it is irreparable. Before anything else, I am a flawed human. You are a flawed human. Can we just back up and start from there?
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” ~Proverbs 18:21
“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” ~Proverbs 12:18
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” ~Matthew 12:37
“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” ~Proverbs 13:3
“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” ~James 1:26