January 30 – Watch What You Say


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There is a story of a man who hesitantly checked himself into a monastery.  This particular monastery allowed each monk to speak only two words per year.  After the first year passed, the man stood before the bishop to speak his two words.  Solemnly he said, “Bed hard!”

At the end of the second year he stood before the old bishop once again to give his two words.  He said, “Food bad!”

At the end of the third year he stood before the bishop for the last time and said, “I quit!”

The bishop replied, “Good, all you’ve done is complain since you got here!”

The moral of the story is simply this: chose your words wisely.  It is amazing how two little words, spoken with a critical spirit, can create a poor reputation and testimony.

If some people didn’t complain, they would never have anything to say.  Constant complaining comes from an unthankful spirit.  A person who rarely sees the good spends their entire life focusing on the bad.  Winston Churchill said, “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”  Whether you are in the marketplace, the mall, or the monastery, chose your words wisely…they reflect your heart.

Daily Reading: Exodus 36-38