Choosing our Words

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“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Ephesians 4:29


In 2021, let us be kind and compassionate toward our fellow humans.

Let us choose our words warmly and wisely.

Let us build people up rather than tear them down.

Let us move past the hate, the division, the vile words of the past year.

Bring an end to offensive talk.

Live in the presence of whatever God or spirit moves you.

Find love and peace and calm of tongue.

And, if you can’t?

Can’t speak with wholesome words?

I have a suggestion:

Buy a roll of duct tape. It fixes everything.


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29 responses to Choosing our Words

  1. John Hric says:

    A simple way to hold the universe together. Actually two simple ways to hold the universe together. If I had to choose I would go with the first method. The second method limits further choices. But hey mum’s the word.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks for adhering to the first method. The second method really only works short-term and doesn’t change someone’s opinion, plus it hurts when it’s finally removed.

  2. Ha! Love it, Mary J! I can’t stop laughing. I’ll fix anything with duct tape.
    I mean this really is a beautiful, heartfelt post. Then you sneaked up with that ending and just slayed me! πŸ˜€ Hugs on the wing!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Teagan! Have you ever seen the TV show “Red Green?” It used to be on PBS a number of years ago. The main actors would use duct tape for everything and called it the handyman’s tool. It might work well for some people in between meals. πŸ˜‰

      • Oh, yes, I saw that a couple of times.
        When I bought a condo right after my divorce (decades ago), the washing machine basin was coated with duct tape. I figured it would spring a huge leak the first time I used it. But i didn’t have the money to buy a new one before it was necessary… 5 years later, that duct taped washing machine was still just fine.

        During that time I had a second job at a book store. One shift I was working at the checkout, and a man took out his billfold that he had made from duct tape. It was supposed to be a joke on his part, but he said it worked so well that the liked it better than the nice one.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I have a small purse made purposely from duct tape. It’s well done and I imagine waterproof as well. πŸ˜€

  3. Dan Antion says:

    Good advice and a snappy ending. Still, all kidding aside, it might be the only thing that will stop some people from saying nothing helpful.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      True, Dan. Some people will never think before they speak because there is no care or empathy in their ego. Besides covering up a few mouths, it would be helpful in covering up the lettering of a few nasty T-shirts as well.

  4. lois says:

    That last line….. A coworker and I would get so tired of listening of our supervisor go on and on and on….. She would shoot me a text that said ‘duct tape’ and we would laugh. Two words never said so much.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Like I said, Lois, duct tape fixes all…except you might not have a job if you use it on your boss. πŸ˜‰

      • lois says:

        I retired but poor coworker still texts me: Duct tape!!!! I feel sorry for her.

  5. joey says:

    Wonderful!

    Mostly Me: “Spend your life lifting other people up, not putting them down.”

    But then sometimes rage and sass in general and at no one in particular? Sorry. You know how I do.

  6. murisopsis says:

    I agree that we need to use words wisely. I also believe that not speaking up in certain situations is a greater evil than some actions… “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  7. Ally Bean says:

    Would that we all could speak with civility and love. I don’t see it happening but it’s a good goal. Hear, hear.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I know that will not happen tomorrow, but I hope we see an eventual change toward a civil and loving tongue before it gets worse.

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