Staying Balanced and Watching Our Words – Thursday July 2 Devotions
I’ve heard it said many times that “Balance is the key to life.” I frequently struggle with maintaining balance in many areas of life, as I tend to overdo it in some cases, or not do enough other times.
Right now, in post-surgery recovery mode, I’m still trying to find that balance between what I can safely do now with my right hand. For instance, I can now type with my right hand (but not my thumb), thanks to this smaller thumb brace and compression glove–but too much typing makes my hand ache. I can pick up very lightweight items between my thumb and forefinger, like papers and magazines, but the weight of my cell phone is still too heavy!
But anyway, I hope you benefit from today’s devotional thoughts! 🙂
“What we all must learn is BALANCE.
On one hand, we must not be harsh and hard. But on the other hand, we must not be weak and excessively soft.
We must not be irritable and impatient, flying off the handle and acting out of emotion. On the other hand, we must not be so mild mannered that we become doormats and whipping posts for those who will take advantage of us if we give them a chance.
There is a time to ‘not be angry’ and there is a time to display righteous indignation.
It is wisdom to know when to do which.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“As a Christian, you have an awesome responsibility with regard to the words you speak. The Bible tells us that words are containers for power–either creative or destructive. You can tear down or build up the people around you by what you say.
There is an abundance of discouragement coming from the world, but you have the great privilege of bringing encouragement to others by being positive in a negative world.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- Ah yes, finding the proper balance is a challenging task! I like that final sentence about using “wisdom to know when to do which” in terms of finding the proper balance.
-2- I’ve never been a fan of that old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That’s so not true! Emotional scars from careless, mean-spirited words certainly DO hurt and those wounds often last as long as or even longer than physical ones. That’s why we need to be so careful about what we say!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you struggle to find and maintain balance in your life?
Do you agree that words can be either creative or destructive?
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