Marriage Monday: Rudderless Ruin

Will and I are trying something new in 2013: we are trying to be faithful in reading Bible passages together. The first week of the year, we each read James 1 each day and then tried to be intentional about discussing it. Then week 2, we read James 2. As an aside it should be noted that Will is a very disciplined person and is therefore faithful to routines whereas I am not. I’ve already missed a few days and Will is unlikely to ever miss. Yes, opposites indeed attract!

Anyway, this week we are on James 3 which is all about controlling our tongues. James says the tongue is like a rudder of a ship — very small yet it steers even the largest vessel wherever the pilot wants it to go. Do you ever stop to contemplate the power of your tongue? It is a potent force, isn’t it? For good or for harm, its power is undeniable.

Have you been using words that cut your spouse down? Or words that build your spouse up? I’m definitely better than I used to be, but just because I’ve matured beyond rudderless ruin, doesn’t mean I do not have a long way to go!

May I continue to grow in self-control, and may I revere the power of my own tongue. May the words that close this third chapter of James be evident in my own life.

the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

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