Hagrid I should not have said that!

I warned you. I warned you of my tendency to quote/embed bits of HP in everything.

Do you have those moments where you instantly regret something you’ve said? Those absolute, “foot in mouth” moments, were you feel horrible, or ashamed, or horrible and ashamed over something you’ve said to or about someone or a situation? I know for me, those moments happen far too often and I am left completely frustrated with myself for not exercising better judgment. Words, once said can not be taken back, they can only be forgiven.  Speaking too much or jumping to conclusions about someone or a situation is a sin I struggle with daily. I try to do the right thing. I pray, asking for the wisdom to know when and what to say. I pray for the will power to resist those moments when I just want to spout off, hurling verbal daggers at someone that’s hurt me or annoyed me. I have good days and I have bad days, but I’m trying. I fall and I backslide, but I am striving.

I saw something in Hobby Lobby the other day that really spoke to my heart. It was painted on a perfectly distressed piece of wood and read, “Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve and Mercy is when he doesn’t”. I spend entirely too much time in Hobby Lobby and once I go, it’s hard for me to leave, but I can remember how that simple sign stopped me in my tracks. How often has God shown mercy on me and the choices that I’ve made? How often has he forgiven me for speaking harshly towards my husband? About a coworker or family members? To count the number of times he has extended grace and forgiveness to me would be impossible. Knowing this and holding this fact close to my heart, is the only thing that enables me to stop myself before I hurt someone with my poorly thought out choice of words or my snap judgments. I fail at this daily, but I’m getting better. Does anyone have any thoughts to add? Does anyone reading struggle with this problem? What techniques or methods have you instilled in your daily life to overcome the temptation to speak before thinking, before gossiping?

Proverbs 11:13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

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