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Keep my tongue…

A Timely Word

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A man has joy by the answer
of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is! —Proverbs 15:23

In Liverpool, England, on
the eve of the 2006 British Open Championship, professional golfer Graeme
McDowell was in trouble. The next day he was going into the tournament clueless
about what was causing his struggles on the course.

While he was out for the
evening, McDowell got a surprise. A stranger, who was an avid golf fan,
recognized him and commented that he had noticed a flaw in his swing. The next
day, Graeme tested that advice on the driving range, and to his great shock he
discovered that the fan had been correct. Satisfied with the value of the
change, Graeme implemented the suggestion and finished the first day of the
British Open in first place! All because a stranger took time to speak a word
of help.

Words are like that. They
are powerful instruments for good or for ill. We can use words in destructive
ways, or we can use words to build and encourage. This must be what Solomon had
in mind when he said, "A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a
word spoken in due season, how good it is!" (Prov. 15:23).

In a world where words are
often wielded as weapons, may we use our words as tools to build up the hearts
of others. —Bill
Crowder

Keep my tongue, Lord,
bridled well,
Words of truth, oh, may I tell;
Take my heart, its wellspring deep,
Cleanse and purify and keep.  —Bosch

Gentle words are more
powerful than angry words.

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