Sticks and stones may break my bones…

By Michael Tidwell

"You wanna take a boat ride?" Devdas asked me.   "Sure" I replied not giving it much thought.   I was in India ministering and I had a  free afternoon.  Devdas, a local pastor's son wanted to show me the Bay of Bengal, the largest bay in the world.  When we arrived there, he had spotted an old boat and two men offering rides.   We paid the men and we  took our seats on the old worn out boat. They took us a few hundred yards from the shore and then they started doing doughnuts.    The guys kept staring at me and I was starting to get a little paranoid. I held my backpack tight. Perhaps, they are going to take us further out and throw us overboard and make off with my backpack.  They probably think I have a lot of money in this backpack.   It is amazing how many thought's you can entertain in merely seconds.  Before I knew it, we were heading back to the shore. As we got off the boat, they smiled and I returned the smile. Thank God, that they were not able to hear what I had thought about them. We cannot alway's control the thoughts that enter our mind, but we can control them from becoming spoken words. Not all  of our thought’s should be shared because they can cause a lot of pain and damage.  We should not always just "speak our mind."     The power of a thought is escalated once it is spoken.  As a child, I learned the old rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The truth is words can and do hurt.  It only takes a few moments to share a thought that can cause needless damage, that  can take years to recover.

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.  Proverbs 21:23 

michaeltidwellfamilyevMichael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.


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