Proverbs 15:4 (NASB) A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
“Stupid as stupid does!’ I’m sure you’ve heard that line from the movie “Forest Gump.” I’ve heard it too, and each time I am saddened by it. I couldn’t help but think back to my childhood, and how we had a boy in our group, JR, that almost said the same thing. His family had labeled him as “stupid,” and he began to live that way. His young spirit was crushed by those words, and he had no hope in his eyes. Today’s verse speaks of how a soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perversion in it crushes the spirit. One day while playing football, our captain wasn’t too thrilled to have JR on our team. He never would be called upon to catch the touchdown pass or to run the ball. The captain would always say, “Just go and run around.” Well, one day the score was tied and the time was getting short. We needed to make a big play and soon. As we huddled up, I said, “Why not throw to JR? Nobody ever guards him.” The look on JR’s face was one of shock. He didn’t believe in himself enough to want to be part of the play, but we insisted. Sure enough, JR scored the winning touchdown. Ever since that play, JR became more than what his parents called him; he began to believe in himself. Maybe we should watch our words and what we call our children and each other. Rather have a tree of life than a crushed spirit! How about you?
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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