Bob invited a large group of friends to dinner at his home, and asked his wife, Mary, to cook up a feast on very little notice. The night of the dinner arrived and everyone was having a wonderful time as they all sat down to eat.
At the table, Mary turned to their six-year-old daughter, Katie, and asked, “Would you like to say the blessing?”
“I wouldn’t know what to say,” Katie replied.
“Just say what you hear Mommy say,” Mary answered.
Katie bowed her head and said, “Good Lord, why on earth did Bob invite all these people to dinner?”
While that joke may be funny, it’s also got a little truth to it. We may forget the fact that people—either kids or adults—are listening to and absorbing the words we say. God, of course, always hears everything.
The lesson: choose your words wisely—and for goodness sake, give your spouse plenty of notice before inviting a crowd over for dinner!
The prudent are restrained in speech. (Proverbs 10:20)
Guide my words, Holy Spirit, that they may be pleasing to You.