I saw a little sign in a store recently that said,
Not long after reading that, I was eating some not-so-sweet words that I said to my husband. He had been talking to me, and I had a thought about what he was saying, and then I let those thoughts come out.
I spoke too quickly.
As soon as I said it, I knew it should never have come out of my mouth.
Have you ever been there? It’s awful. There’s no way to take those words back. I had to eat them, and it was no meal I want as leftovers!
Proverbs 29:11 says,
A fool utters all his mind; but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards.
A wise woman realizes that just because she’s thinking it, doesn’t mean she needs to say it. Here’s a good test as to whether or not that thought should come out as words:
- Is it true?
- Is it kind?
- Does it need to be said now?
All three questions need to be answered affirmatively before you should speak it, and even then it might be best not to let it from your lips.
Remember, what you say, you may have to eat.