Pastor Marty challenged Fellowship Church’s lead team to get re-focused on the things that come out of our mouths.
We’re trying to refrain from all of the following, between now and midnight, Friday:
Negativity (that is not needed to express a valid point)
Bitterness about another person or a negative circumstance (like someone who does something “stupid” or an electronic device that wont do what you want it to)
Joking around and busting
Talking to someone with malicious intent about someone else
rolling of the eyes when someone’s name is mentioned
Will you join us? If it’s nearly Friday, (June 18, 2009) maybe you want to set a deadline of 48 or 72 hours from the time you read this.
Personally, I’m discovering a couple interesting things…
First off, I’m learning that I don’t monitor my speech nearly as much as I should. It’s amazing how many nonproductive things would come out of my mouth if I wasn’t filtering every thing I say.
Secondly, I’m learning that a demanding goal is achievable if I build in a short-term expiration date. I don’t think this would really change my behavior if I was planning on doing it for a year.
(I realize that this doesn’t speak well of me: I ought to be motivated for all sorts of reasons. I have this hope that once I find I can do it over a couple days, I’ll try for a few more, and then a few more than that…)
Thirdly, I’m finding myself wondering, “What next?”
Because controlling the things that come out of my mouth, they are an important first step. But we’re called more to do more than just bite our tongues and prevent ourselves from saying nasty things. Jesus says that the content of the heart is important, too. We’re told that we ought to do more than clean the outside of our metaphorical cups. We’re taught that the pharisees are doing the wrong thing when they put on a holier-than-thou show.
I don’t know what’s next. But I wonder if you’ll join us on those first steps. Drop me a comment, and let me know that you’re trying it. Or follow up and tell me how it went.