How often in life do I muff up my words? Far too often, if I'm honest. I'll speak before I think about the consequences and hurt someone I care about. I'll say something better left unsaid. Or I'll put off saying what someone most needs to hear.
It struck me that I can learn from my characters. Every word they say counts, or should anyhow. I strive hard to help them express themselves clearly, to be sure that what they say matters. But am I as careful about the things I say? Or do I blurt things out and spend time regretting my words?
The tongue is such a small part of the body, but what trouble it can cause when I allow it free reign. What I say in haste can tear someone down, but I can also use my words to encourage and bless others when I take the time to choose them wisely.
Unlike my characters, I don't get the chance to rephrase or revise what I say. Helpful or hurtful, once I open my mouth and utter my words, there is no deleting them. Thank goodness for those small, but important phrases that can help when I blow it: "I'm sorry" or "Please forgive me." And thanks to the wonderful people who extend grace and allow me to learn from my mistakes.
I continue to work on my dialogue, marveling when James and Rebecca's conversation flows. And I continue to work on my own speech, rejoicing when what I say builds another up or brightens someone's day.
Here's hoping someone will say something today that makes a positive difference in your life.