You know you’ve stuck your foot in your mouth when: the whole room goes silent for longer than a minute, when you get the funny eye stare from the girl sitting next to you, when you start seeing people turn and whisper to each other after you just got done talking, when the quiet person in the room suddenly changes the topic. Ever had that sinking feeling in your stomach? Why did I just say that? I feel like I want to crawl into a hole and cover my head, kind of thought, or give myself a kick in the pants? Well, you’re not alone. As a matter of fact most of us at one time or another has ended up with egg on our faces. Inevitably, sometimes the wrong thing just comes out of our mouths.
Personally, I have struggled for years with this problem. I have a tendency to give TMI (too much information). I usually feel like I have to explain everything; when in actuality, nobody really wants the details anyway. The Lord Jesus has brought this issue to my attention on more than one occasion. One day He took me to Proverbs 21:23:
“Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”
And let me tell you, we can definitely bring trouble upon ourselves when we exhibit a lack of self-control in this area. The result of giving too much personal information to the wrong people is that gossip usually results. Someone takes what you said, and in many cases – they CHANGE what you said – and suddenly, everyone seems to hear about it. Yes, and in most cases, it’s usually not what you said, or meant to say, in the first place.
Sometimes I think God allows us to experience the same problem over and over- until we finally get it. When we can look back on our relationships and see the difficulties we have encountered, sometimes the exact situation over and over, we can start to connect the dots. Often we blame others for our problems, when in fact, the problem starts with us. Not to diminish or negate the harmful effect of those who sin against us but to examine where the root of the problem originated is the best modus operandi. If we are honest with ourselves, it usually begins with us.
It may feel at times like we will never get it right. Yet, with God all things are possible. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us,” (Romans 8:37). Let us pray for God’s strength to
overcome our weaknesses and keep trusting in His goodness. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Corinthians 15:57)