“I am getting the picture that when you meet together it brings out your worst side instead of your best!” 1 Corinthians 11:17
Loose Lips Sink Ships”
Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips.
“Loose lips sink ships” is my brother Gary’s favorite saying when he hears someone gossiping or repeating sensitive information. It’s easy to get caught up in conversation that leads toward the direction of becoming gossip, or is in the category of “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
When the only thing two people have in common is that they work together in an office, it’s easy to get caught up in conversation about people and events of the church.
Recently I had lunch with a co-worker. After returning to my desk, I thought about the conversation we’d had about a member of the church and began to feel as if I had betrayed my lips. We didn’t talk about anything that wasn’t common knowledge, but it just didn’t feel right with my soul.
To keep from having another episode of loose-lip syndrome during lunch with a co-worker, I developed a menu of appropriate behavior:
1. Appetizer: Light conversation about the weather, the atmosphere of the restaurant, the prompt service;
2. Entrée: Topics that could be published on the front page of the church newsletter;
3. Dessert: Sweet stories of blessings in our lives;
4. Bill: Pay it forward—What I’ve learned that can make a difference in my own life that I can share with others; and
5. Tip: A quote from my mother: Mind my Ps and Qs, which I’ve interpreted as: practice prudence, positivity, playfulness, peaceful sharing, and quit talking so much and listen more.
Lord, when I’m vulnerable, post a guard on my lips. Amen.