"But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart and this is what defiles." (Matthew 15:18)
What we say, the words we use, can be interesting to say the least. Some people only hear a part of what was said - so the wrong impression is given. Some of us, especially when we are tired, say what is upper most on our minds and we haven't stopped to "filter" it to at least be polite. Some of us have learned to not say anything because we've been told we are "wrong" so many times. And, most of us at least, remember the rhyme "sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt us." Which is so wrong on so many levels because words DO hurt.
I want us, as Caregivers, to think about this for a minute though. What are our actions saying? We are taking care of our "person(s)" which is showing the love Jesus is calling for -- right? We are trying to be careful what we are saying, verbalizing, so the possibility of misunderstanding is at least reduced. We are trying to take care of ourselves so we don't get so tired what is upper most is what comes out. We are trying to show God's love -- right?
What do other people see as we are doing all this though? Sometimes we are the only Bible people ever see. Are they seeing God's Love through us to our recipient AND to the others watching? Do they see the joy, the laughter (of the crazy things that happen) and how our strength comes from God? In this world of social media other people are definitely watching so what are they seeing, and hearing, from us?
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