I’m not sure why this little song has been playing in my mind today — maybe somebody needs to read what I’m going to write about this week and by way of a song that many of us learned when we were just children… a biblical point can be made of it.
Do you remember the “Little Tea Pot” song? Some of the words were: “I’m a little tea pot short and stout; here is my handle (we’d put our right hand on our waist) and here is my spout (we’d hold out our left arm like it was the spout of a tea pot). When I get all steamed up, then I shout, “Tip me over and pour me out!” Now that I have taken you back a number of years, the “Tea Pot Song” can play in your head for the next several hours or maybe even days. (And yes, you are welcome!)
“When I get all steamed up then I shout, “Tip me over and pour me out.” How appropriate that is for many people these days — when they get all “steamed up” — it’s like somebody tipped them over because they start steaming and shouting and all kinds of rude and crude things can come out of their mouths. For some people, they can’t even get mad without cussing and taking the Lord’s name in vain. For some people, cussing is “their normal” in their everyday conversation and every other word is a cuss word. And then for others, they cuss because they think it makes them “feel big” or that cussing makes them important because they can throw cuss words around at their leisure. To me, when I hear someone cuss, it only reveals their ignorance. First of all, God’s Word tells us to not take the name of the Lord in vain. In other words, don’t use God’s name for a curse word and don’t cuss.
Did you know that one day, we are going to give an account to the Lord for every word we have spoken and for every idle deed we have done? It’s true. Matthew 12:36 says this, “I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will have to account for every careless word they speak.” Now, how the Lord is going to have us do that is way beyond any comprehension that I have. Every word? Yes every word. We will give an account for every word that we have spoken while on this earth. That is a very humbling thought if you let it sink in for a while. I certainly hope you aren’t around when I am giving my account for every word that I used while I was alive. It seems like this could be quite embarrassing, to say the least.
When we were first married, Beth would tell me to ask myself two questions when I was getting mad or upset. They are: 1) Is there any blood involved in the situation? 2) Is anyone going to die because of it? If the answer is “no” to either of those questions, it’s probably not as big of a deal as I thought it was. Maybe you should try that the next time you get angry and are about to lose your cool. When you feel yourself getting “all steamed up” and are about ready to let it all out ask yourself those two questions and if the answer is “no” to either one of them, the situation probably isn’t something to get so “steamed up” about or something for you to “lose your cool” and say something you really didn’t mean.
Be slow to anger. Choose your words wisely. Because one of these days, you will give an account for them.
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
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