Living Bible (TLB)
14 May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts be pleasing even to you, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.
I recently ran across a Bible app for my iPhone and iPad that is called “one verse a day”. Every morning without fail, I get a notice of another encouraging verse to meditate on. Sometimes in my crazy business, reading the Bible through from one end to another in “several easy steps” – is just not an option. I get bogged down with words and language that don’t mean anything to me personally. Stories and situations that are interesting the first time I read them, but not so much any more.
I remember years ago hearing a message concerning this thought. The speaker was convinced that it is not the amount of scripture that is read on a daily, weekly or even yearly basis – but that it is the content of what we read, absorbed and meditated on – that is of the real importance. Scripture that can come alive by simply allowing those words to inspire and change. Finding a fresh new way of applying two or three thoughts – one simple passage.
If you are like me – you aren’t concerned about winning any contests when it comes to Bible reading and prayer. I want what I meditate on and what I pray about to be simple and straight forward. A conversation with a trusted friend. One that keeps confidences and assures with tender love and attention. I am not always wanting everything that I think about to be out in the open. It is private. I have private things I ponder and reflect on. I have worries and insecurities. I don’t often share these – even with God. But even though I do not – He still knows and understands. It is because of His great love demonstrated to me, that I trust Him with those unspoken things.
Words spoken carry weight. Especially those things I wish I could take back. Things in emails or in letters over the years. Once they are written or spoken – they are out there. It’s too late. Often times things written in the heat of anger or emotion that had no business being written down or said. Can you relate? I am so glad that the unspoken thoughts are just that. Unspoken. Private. Safe. And still – I am held accountable for them too. I can look really pious on the outside. I mean – really spiritual, and yet have a dark unspoken side. You probably know what I’m talking about. Or you’ve seen too many times when a seemingly “spiritual” person has a little heat applied to them. The real them comes to the surface. It can be disheartening and even crushing – until we remember that we are all about two decisions away from sin. We are all human and capable of great darkness if left up to ourselves. Lord help us!
I heard a great quote today.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Maya Angelou
May we ever strive to make our unspoken and spoken things match. The way we think be the truthful way we live and speak.