Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,
    and you will stay out of trouble. Proverbs 21:23 NLT

I couldn’t tell you how many time I heard the phrase “Watch your mouth!” from my teachers and my parents, even my siblings, when I was young. It was used anytime I was being sassy or rude, maybe even for using foul language. I would never had been sarcastic and said, “I can’t watch my mouth, it’s physically impossible!” because I feared the repercussions! That would have been MOST unwise.

Really though, can you watch your mouth? No! Unless you use a mirror or camera there’s no way for you to watch your mouth!

I understand what is meant both by the idiom as well as the scripture, however I couldn’t think of much other than my childhood when I read this passage. Thankfully, we have so many other versions of the same text at our disposal these days; I looked at another version of the same verse.

Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23 NIV

Ahhh…. that makes so much more sense and I appreciate that it doesn’t take me back to my childhood either lol.

Guarding my mouth, guarding my tongue? I can do both of those things! I can literally imagine that action happening 🙂 (places hands over mouth tightly)

Beyond the guarding of the mouth and tongue there’s a promise about what happens when we do so; we keep ourselves out of trouble. Now that’s a promise I can live with!

Just this past Sunday, during our praise and prayer portion of the service, I said something which was VERY funny to me but was inappropriate for service. Nothing nasty or dirty, it just wasn’t in good form. Thankfully, we have a very understanding congregation who puts up with quite a few shenanigans from me! Can you imagine if that wouldn’t have been the case? What if that had been at work or with a new friend?

You know what? You can imagine. You can imagine because you have done it too.

Oh that we would guard our mouths!

How about you? What’s something you wish you wouldn’t have said?