A scripture came to mind this morning:
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (Matthew 12:34-37, KJV)
The idea of an idle word or idle thought stuck in my mind. “Idle” struck me on several levels of meaning:
- Without true intent or without focused intent
- Expressing idleness rather than industry
- Casual rather than serious
- Without forethought
- Without foresight
- Without understanding
All of these concepts boil down to a central problem. Every spoken word is an act of creation. Words spoken without integrity create chaos, and words spoken with integrity create harmony.
A flood of memories came back, illustrating how many of my words have been uttered without integrity, some intentionally and some unintentionally.
With this insight and these memories, I began to become aware of the magnitude of each thought and each spoken word. Because we really will (and do, daily) face judgment.
Ultimately, the effort of our lives will be weighed and measured against the standard of truth. And every thought contributes to either meeting or failing to meet that standard.
My idle words have created little dust devils of chaos. And those little vortices of chaos have incented people touched by them to doubt me, doubt themselves, and doubt their Creator. None of those are good things. No wonder Jesus said that such would give rise to eventual judgment.
Fortunately, part of the creative power with which God endowed us is the power to change. Or, in other words, the power to create a new reality. Or, in other words, the power to repent and become more godly.
You can guess what my new initiative will be: to limit (at first) and then eliminate idle thoughts. Because I know that when the idle thoughts are gone, all the idle words and deeds will have magically vanished out of my life, the dark having naturally been displaced by the light.
What about you? Will you join me? You know, if you do, I believe we can change the world.by