Do you ever announce that you are going to do something really hard, like lose 20 pounds or run a marathon and people get all excited for you and start telling other people and then you think, "Dude. I just told everyone I'm going to do something really hard, and now I'm scared because I don't know if I can do it!"?
Okay, that totally happened last night.
I posted on my Smockity Frocks Facebook page  about a preacher I heard issue a challenge to the congregation that they follow this scripture strictly for 30 days in a row:
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29
After I posted that, I left the house to go to a Mom's Night Out with my homeschool group, and when I got back home... WOW!
A lot of people got excited about the idea, and now... I'm skeerd. Because I don't know if I can really do it.
I mean, I've got the "no unwholesome talk" covered, since I don't cuss or tell dirty jokes. It's the "only what is helpful... according to their needs, that it may benefit..." part that I'm not so sure about.
That would mean I can no longer start my conversations with the kids with, "HOW many times do I have to tell you (fill in the blank) ?" or "WHO in the world thought this was a good idea???"
Yes, I am sadly admitting that I don't always use my words wisely to build others up.
So, let's do this. Let's get together and encourage one another that we can do this thing! We are called to it in scripture, so it can't be beyond the realm of possible, right?
It may be (and I strongly suspect this will be the case with me) that there will be a lot more silence than we're used to, but I bet we will slowly start to find our pace and develop a habit of encouragement. At least, that's what I'm hoping for!
Okay, who's in???
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I think we can do this thing! Let's GO!
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