Sometimes even I can’t believe the words that come from my mouth. I’ve been known to say, “Wow, I offended myself with that one.” I’ve always been a much better writer than a speaker, as far as speaking of Christ. Most would say it’s because with writing you have time to think. But that’s not the case for me. If I’m writing, I’m usually NOT thinking..it’s just my feelings overflowing onto paper. Granted, there is the wonderful “DELETE” button available! 😉
Anyway, one of my biggest mouth issues is swearing. I swear like a trucker at times, not around my kids of course, actually I only swear around those I know also swear as not to be offensive to those who dont. I can’t say that I feel bad when I do, or feel that I’ve done wrong. I don’t. I’ve long felt that its a great way of expressing one’s feelings. I know, many of you are like uhhh, Sarah, you’re whacked out of your mind. Swearing shows ignorance. But, I’m not trying to justify my swearing, I’m just sharing with you my feelings on it. Now, there are times I hear people swearing and it offends me. There are movies I will turn off due to swearing. I think just like anything, context and tone of voice greatly affect the words spoken.
Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth. (Psalm 34:13 MSG)
Looking at that scripture, I have to wonder…what exactly is profanity? I don’t think it’s just swearing. So I just did a Dictionary.com search. It says that profanity is a vulgar or irreverent action or speech. Ok, so then swearing isn’t the only profanity that could be demonstrated by a person..far from it.
That being said, how one interprets another’s words or actions is also important.
And if someone walking by hears me swearing, and also just happens to see the cross on my neck, and also just happens to feel that swearing in itself is vulgar..then I can’t say, in good conscience, that my words were harmless. So, although I may not see MY swearing as vulgar, it becomes vulgar because of their interpretation, and as a result, reflects poorly on my Savior. I would never want that. I want to be a shining example of Him.
Soooo…I’ve decided that I will stop swearing. Not out of guilt or shame, but because I would never want to misrepresent my Jesus. I want to do and say things that bring Him glory and honor. So, here I go..embarking on a new journey of growth. 🙂
What habit(s) do you have that you need to let go of?