Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Have you ever heard the expression Think before you speak? A long time ago, I learned it in a different way. I learned to truly T.H.I.N.K. When you are about to say something about which you are unsure, take a few seconds to run it through your mind.

It is True? Do you know that it is the trutJustify Fullh? Is it gossip? Are you embellishing to make something else seem more interesting?

Don't be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards. And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you'd have a perfect person, in perfect control of life.

Is it Helpful? Will it benefit anyone for you to say this?

A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!

Is it Important? What is the reason that you are considering saying this?

It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.

Is it Necessary? Does it really need to be said, or do you just like to hear yourself talk?

This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can't tame a tongue—it's never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!

Is it Kind? Will it hurt someone if you say it? Will it lift up someone?

My friends, this can't go on. A spring doesn't gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don't bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don't bear apples, do they? You're not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?

If you run through the list, and you cannot answer yes to any of these questions, then why would you say it? Should you say it?


Bible verses quoted from James 3 in The Message.


  1. Wow! I am the first to post! We have taught this to our kids their whole lives. Unfortunately, they (and us)still have a hard time living it. Those words just want to come flying out without engaging the brain. So sad!

  2. Very interesting! I may have to give that acronym to my grandkids cause it makes so much sense!! Thank you for posting it!!

  3. So many people need to learn that very meaning Dm, not only learn it, but also live it, including myself at times! Great post!!

  4. This is such a great tool to use to help mold us and steer us in the right direction. I'm definitely going to pass it on.

  5. I like it! I have never seen think defined like you have, but it makes complete sense!

  6. Thank you all. It has been helpful to me, though I have certainly not perfected it. If you actually think about it consciously a few times, then it may start to become habit.

  7. WOW! I need to practice this! Although, I DO think about things before I say them most of the time. I am not one to intentionally say something to hurt someone. I'm one who usually does think of the consequences of what I say.
    This is a terrific guideline to follow though. I may just borrow it and attach it to the fridge as a reminder!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. This is great. While not easily practiced sometimes saying nothing (especially in situations you are not familiar with) is the best way to go. We don't always "have" to say something.