I was reading a book my mom gave me one day called prayers for daughters, haven't finished the book, but I came across an interesting acronym. It was called THINK.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
In points of our life we’ve all had good and bad things said to us, we too have said things. I too am not perfect and have been on both ends of the spectrum at times. It’s not just saying with our mouth anymore, but with our actions as well, how we treat one another can make a difference. Even our thoughts…… we don’t know what our friends, family, enemies ect are thinking, but God knows, He even knows our hearts, there’s no hiding from God. We may assume things about others, but it’s not going to get us anywhere. Nothing wrong with being cautious and aware, but make room to see the good. With social media in this century things are easy to post up as today's technology makes it an easy access. Some things are hard to take back once they are said and done.
Before we do, say, post, even our thought of something remember this acronym THINK:
T= Is it truthful?
Is what we say true about that person or situation?
Did we do/say something out of anger?
H= is it helpful?
How does it help them?
How does it impact their life?
I= Is it Inspiring?
Does it encourage them?
Does what you say or do bring them closer to God/Jesus?
N= Is it necessary?
Was it important to do/say/post that?
Was it also appropriate?
K= Is it Kind?
Was it out of kindness or for selfish/mean reasons?
Are we willing to forgive like Jesus has forgiven us?
We are given grace that we don’t deserve, but Jesus forgave us so we could forgive others, and love like He does. He chose us to be different from the world and yet we fall with our mouth, our actions, our thoughts even in how we treat people. We are not perfect people, let's be more than once a week Christians. If we want to make a difference it starts with you, it starts with me. What does 1 Peter 2:11 say? As well as 1 Timothy 4 :12? If you're tired of being looked down upon ask God what needs to change, often it's you/us THINK about it!
Great read and good devo the other night! Thanks for being such a great role model to youth in the community!