Have you ever woken up and thought, “Dang! My breath could peel paint off the wall!” Ok, maybe not those exact words, but I’m guessing some of you reading this has had that “uh oh” moment when you just hoped you didn’t have to speak to anyone in that time period. Rushing to the bathroom, brushing and gargling, flossing, and whatever else can take place so that our breath doesn’t knock someone over and take the hair off his/her head. Colgate Total had sales at $175,000,000 in 2014. Now, that’s a lot of funky breath and yucky teeth to be taken care of.
I wonder, however…
Why are we not so aware of the other funk that comes out of our mouths? Lies, assumptions, abuse, hate, prejudice. It costs absolutely nothing to clean our mouths from the sludgy disdain that leaks from them at the drop of a hat. We make things up about people. We tell others what we assume others mean or think. We harm others with our words as if we were getting paid to do so. We call other people names, degrade them, put fear in them by sentences that do more harm than the other bacteria throwing a party in our mouths. Why are we not more careful about that? We could buy every tube of toothpaste known to man, , brush three times a day, and the funk in our mouths could still be there.
It doesn’t take a lot to cleanup our language, change how we speak to, and about, others, ask for forgiveness, and apologize. Allowing those words constantly will cause such a cavity that no filling could ever fix. We are fortunate that our languages allow for more than harmful words at every turn.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
What would it cost to speak favorably about others…ESPECIALLY when we want to be a fire-breathing dragon? It would cost nothing. Absolutely nothing. Let the words that fall from our mouths be uplifting and life-changing instead of things that could literally kill someone.