“I’m feeling terrible—I couldn’t feel worse!…When I told my story, you responded; train me well in your deep wisdom.” Psalm 119:25,27
I have a new iPad Bluetooth keyboard, due to the fact I wore out the delete key in my old one. The life of a writer–write and edit. I wish I had a delete key that could wipe out things I’ve said that came out wrong. Just as Mr. Trump said during a recent speech, “Sometimes … you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and believe it or not, I regret it.” I agree with him because I have regrets too that have lead to the need to apologize.
I think of the words of Jesus and how it was as if he was scripted at all times. Perhaps he had the gift of channeling directly from his father. When I speak to a crowd–usually around fifty people at a retreat-type setting, I have a script to follow. But I go off script when a thought comes to mind that seems appropriate. I understand how Mr. Trump says things before digesting the affect it might have on others.
It’s an awesome responsibility to represent a group of people through the spoken word, because everyone processes information in their own way. That’s why I pray for guidance before speaking and later forgiveness when I’ve put my foot in my mouth.
Lord, help me speak words that you approve of. Amen.