Are You Blessing or Just Cursing?
Recently Courtney (my wife) and I went to a McDonalds to get a drink and some wifi – and as it started to get busy we decided to finish up with wifi in our car. A short time later, a family in a large suv parked next to us, got out, slammed their doors and stormed inside. They return, and with their windows down start quite a war. Every 3rd (or less) word from his mouth was the f-word, and he starts to slam his wife’s character, saying “you ruined my day”, “you’re so selfish”, “you’re so sensitive”, and much more. We don’t know whether we should confront him or not, and figure it might result in him smashing someone’s face in, so we roll our windows up at this point. We can still hear his loud mouth though as he now swears at his kids, telling his wife something about how he doesn’t care if the kids like him or not. They leave a few minutes after this, leaving us frustrated beyond comprehension and depressed knowing the rest of the family is being destroyed. On our way home, Courtney and I discussed our need to be a blessing to each other in all circumstances. Was that guy blessing his family? Was he blessing his wife with his words and comments? Or do you think they wanted to kick him out?
He kept referring to the point that “they ruined his day”- even if they did, should he ruin everyone else’s with his big mouth? Think of the scars that one incident probably left, all because he wasn’t having fun. It’s sick how selfish he was acting; but yet don’t we all act like that sometimes, when we’re frustrated or angry? I know I’m guilty.
Ephesians 4:29 says that everything we say should be good and helpful so it encourages and blesses others. Let’s try to apply this in our daily life – whether it’s work, home, school, online, or anywhere else.
The BOTTOM LINE: Do you bless others with what you say, or just tear them apart?