by Carl Walker
Did you hear about the breakout
at Mikes mouth
and cannot be recaptured.
Where was the guard
when this happened?
The guard lost his ability
to watch his mouth
because he was occupied
The guard got involved
talking politics and religion
and being right became more important
than watching his mouth,
(which is the same thing
as his belief was more important
than the feelings of others.)
thats when the words escaped.
So what happens now?
Hes placing himself under mouth arrest,
so he can remember that his beliefs
(as beautiful as they are to himself)
are never more important than others feelings.
It doesnt mean
hell never say anything on purpose
to piss people off,
it does mean
hes seeking words from a heart
not dominated by
the idols of his heart.
What do you mean,
the idols of his heart?
An idol of the heart
is a belief that
he could get life, or peace, or happiness
from people listening to him
or being right
or from something other than god.
Thats why he lost his capacity
and words escaped.
He wanted people to agree with him
(or not disagree)
more than he wanted to serve.
(I mean, god wants him to serve him
by serving them;
so he lost sight of serving god with every word,
which is the same as
serving his idols
rather than serving his god.)
and the fruit was not pretty
So how long
is he under mouth arrest?
but were all hopeing
hell never be completely free again.
that the guard
wont get distracted
and the words will be confined
until they are rehabilitated
or die in custody.
<b>words</b> that flow
from a heart
that considers others interests
above our own
--those words tend to bear good fruit
<b>words</b> that flow from a heart that
thirsts for others to serve me
or wants others to get it right
more than wanting to serve others
those unguarded words
tend to bear bad fruit
When words have escaped your mouth
and cant be recaptured
and leave a bad taste for others,
try putting yourself under mouth arrest.
Resolve to keep your words confined
until when released
they heal or help.
No big deal, but take a week
for this little exercise
keep most of your words inside
only let those out that are necessary.
You wont believe how hard it will be.
Others will be amazed.
and then later blessed!
Its a combination lock
and heres the combination
dont speak unless youve listened enough
for others to reveal the issues of their heart,
NOTE: may take a lot of listening but it will pay off!
Dont speak unless youve listened enough
for others to feel understood
(according to their ridiculous standard,
not your ridiculous standard).
Wouldnt we all do a lot, lot better
if we confined a lot, lot more of those words
that are not about healing or helping or serving.
There is a huge anointing that goes before
the one who listens to people.
I mean, really, listens.
There are family members
that can be set free
if you really learn to listen.
It will take longer than a week to learn this,
but dont just fill up your time not talking
with your mouth
make your eyes talk with exclamation marks
and tell people
they are important
by letting them know
that their thoughts expressed in words
Maybe Ill start a club,
the reformed mouthers
well support each other
with a twelve step program
it will take effort
but the dividends will be worth it.
You know it will bear good fruit.